un·​der·​pre·​pared | \ ˌən-dər-prə-ˈperd How to pronounce underprepared (audio) \

Definition of underprepared

: inadequately prepared

Examples of underprepared in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dave Martinez’s Washington Nationals and Mickey Callaway’s New York Mets rank among the sport’s biggest disappointments in 2018, with both managers seeming overwhelmed and underprepared at times. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "The Baseball Manager Who Breaks the Mold," 28 Aug. 2018 The students in our study who transferred from a community college to a four-year university were more likely to be minority, low-income, and academically underprepared students with low high school GPAs. Justin Ortagus, The Conversation, "Community colleges open the door to selective universities," 23 Oct. 2019 There’s a thin line between being over- and underprepared, said Rebecca Acosta, the co-founder and executive director of Traveler’s Medical Service. Talya Minsberg, New York Times, "How to Pack a First Aid Kit for Extended International Travel," 23 May 2019 Mike Tomlin’s Steelers have been a major disappointment the past two seasons, and his team was woefully underprepared in its 33-3 loss to the Patriots. BostonGlobe.com, "But for several teams with big expectations, Week 1 was kind of a dud.," 11 Sep. 2019 Shiv is ballsy and Machiavellian, Connor is pedantic and distant, Roman is slippery and numb, Kendall is overeager and underprepared. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "How Succession Skewers the Rich," 9 Sep. 2019 Much of which amplified by a media underprepared to evaluate what innovation actually looks like. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Joi Ito Resigns as Director of the M.I.T. Media Lab: raceAhead," 9 Sep. 2019 As its opening day approached, local officials considered shutting it down entirely: Security was lax, infrastructure nowhere near ready, staff underprepared and untrained. Travis M. Andrews, Washington Post, "Riots, deaths, sexual assault: Maybe Woodstock was always a nightmare," 13 Aug. 2019 And many Americans are underprepared to supplement their retirement with their own savings. Sarah Skidmore Sell, Cincinnati.com, "Study: Retirees lose by taking Social Security at wrong time," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of underprepared

1964, in the meaning defined above

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30 Nov 2019

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“Underprepared.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underprepared. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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