underprepared

adjective
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 Revisit your business continuity plan: The large majority of organizations were seriously underprepared for the pandemic, for example. Gleb Tsipursky, Fortune, "It may sound far-fetched, but businesses need to be ready for an election-related disaster," 29 Oct. 2020 The allegation is a common one across many of the lawsuits, as many traditional schools were woefully underprepared to make the abrupt switch to online. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Student lawsuits asking for COVID-19 refunds pile up against universities," 18 Oct. 2020 The Tide’s defense, though, looked woefully underprepared when it was gashed by Ole Miss' fast-ball offense to the tune of 48 points and a school-record 647 yards on Saturday night. Mike Rodak | Mrodak@al.com, al, "Nick Saban: Defensive execution, not play calls, have been issue," 12 Oct. 2020 Failure to act risks undoing essential progress, a reduced and underprepared workforce, lost time in pursuit of important, live-saving innovations and more preventable deaths. WSJ, "The Opioid Crisis Requires Attention as Well," 15 Sep. 2020 The government too was almost certainly distracted, overconfident, and underprepared. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, "The U.K. has one of the highest COVID-19 death tolls on earth. What happened?," 2 Aug. 2020 The new data paints a picture of the USA as woefully underprepared for damaging floods. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, "Is your home at risk?," 29 June 2020 The public row comes as Dr. Rick Bright plans to testify to Congress today that the White House was underprepared for the pandemic. Angela Dewan, CNN, "What you need to know about coronavirus on Thursday, May 14," 14 May 2020 As climate change pushes fires to extremes, the vast majority of homes in at-risk areas are woefully underprepared for the next inferno. New York Times, "In Australia, an Architect Designs for a Future of Fire," 17 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of underprepared

1964, in the meaning defined above

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“Underprepared.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underprepared. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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