un·​pre·​pared | \ ˌən-pri-ˈperd \

Definition of unprepared

: not prepared was unprepared for class … they were woefully unprepared to take on the responsibilities expected of them.— Richard M. Ketchum

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unpreparedness \ ˌən-​pri-​ˈper-​əd-​nəs also  -​ˈperd-​nəs \ noun

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This goes to Senator Hirono from Hawaii as the most unprepared. Fox News, "Watters' Words: A tale of two presidents," 8 Sep. 2018 One way to experience the festival is to approach it determinedly unprepared. Chris Kaltenbach, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland Film Festival's 12 must-see movies," 2 May 2018 But he was deemed unprepared for a game of this intensity. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "Knicks should tread carefully with Mark Jackson," 21 Apr. 2018 Unfortunately, though, many people are unprepared for just how much of a commitment pets can be, which may explain why so many end up in shelters. Karen Asp, Good Housekeeping, "10 Questions to Ask Before Adopting a Pet," 30 Aug. 2012 But leaders of the conservative legal movement objected loudly, labeling her as unprepared and unreliable. David G. Savage, latimes.com, "Leonard Leo of the Federalist Society is the man to see if you aspire to the Supreme Court," 6 July 2018 That’s because residents of Mati had never participated in an evacuation drill and so were unprepared to flee in an orderly fashion. Costas Synolakis, WSJ, "Lessons From the Paradise Fire," 18 Nov. 2018 Yet the law is unprepared to address the injuries that the Internet of Bodies will bring. Andrea M. Matwyshyn, WSJ, "The ‘Internet of Bodies’ Is Here. Are Courts and Regulators Ready?," 12 Nov. 2018 Many young men are just as unprepared for, or disinterested in, serious physical labor as women. Amanda Abrams, Curbed, "Women are the solution to the construction industry’s labor shortage," 5 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of unprepared

1528, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unprepared

: not ready to deal with something : not prepared


un·​pre·​pared | \ ˌən-pri-ˈperd\

Kids Definition of unprepared

: not being or made ready

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