un·​pre·​pared ˌən-pri-ˈperd How to pronounce unprepared (audio)
: not prepared
was unprepared for class
… they were woefully unprepared to take on the responsibilities expected of them.Richard M. Ketchum
ˌən-pri-ˈper-əd-nəs How to pronounce unprepared (audio)
 also  -ˈperd-nəs

Examples of unprepared in a Sentence

an obviously unprepared acceptance speech by the surprise winner
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Word History

First Known Use

1528, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unprepared was in 1528

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“Unprepared.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unprepared. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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