un·​pre·​pared | \ ˌən-pri-ˈperd How to pronounce unprepared (audio) \

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 How to pronounce unpreparedness (audio) \ noun

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People sometimes criticize Waymo for focusing so heavily on Phoenix-area testing, arguing that this will leave Waymo's cars unprepared for the more challenging driving environments elsewhere in the country. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Waymo’s driverless cars have driven way mo’ miles than rivals’," 10 Oct. 2018 Amazon executives were completely unprepared for the backlash, according to the people familiar with the matter. Katie Honan, WSJ, "Amazon’s New York Project Foundered on Labor Organizing, Opposition to Subsidies," 16 Feb. 2019 Bryson is accompanied by his old friend who is very clumsy and completely unprepared for the trail. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Best Adventure Books, According to Bookworms," 31 May 2018 Known for some of the world’s most congested traffic and creaking infrastructure, Jakarta initially seemed unprepared for the challenge of hosting a major sports event. Stephen Wright, The Seattle Times, "As Asian Games host, Indonesia has more at stake than sport," 13 Aug. 2018 According to Gallup, around 64 percent of Americans feel unprepared for retirement. Stephanie Walden, USA TODAY, "How to find balance and get your retirement plan back on track," 13 July 2018 After some failed to open in time or have enough staff, the county came under fire for being unprepared. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Miami-Dade County emergency chief departs ahead of hurricane season | Miami Herald," 17 May 2018 Joe sensed my boyfriend’s animosity and, unprepared for the competition, stumbled over his words. Crystal Ponti, Harper's BAZAAR, "What It's Actually Like To Be Stalked by Joe," 12 Feb. 2019 Generally, parents felt unprepared for the emotional impact of the diagnosis on themselves, the sick child’s siblings, and the family as a whole. Erica Sood, Phd, Philly.com, "Fathers of seriously ill children experience stress differently than mothers," 27 June 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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