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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Angry families say Russian conscripts have been thrown to the front line unprepared. Rachel Pannett, Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2022 The last homicide in Moscow occurred in 2015, which indicates the MPD does not often handle murder cases and may have been somewhat unprepared upon its initial arrival to the house, Fuhrman noted. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, 19 Nov. 2022 Many people taking Adderall rely on the medication daily and may be unprepared to lose access to it unexpectedly. Theara Coleman, The Week, 18 Nov. 2022 Hours-long wait times, platinum ticket pricing, and site glitches resulting from completely unprepared and overloaded website servers made for a hellish ticket-purchasing experience for fans. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 17 Nov. 2022 Let down by the system that exploits unprepared college kids, and a victim of the cocaine epidemic of that era. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Nov. 2022 Because of this, first-time investors without abundant disposable income and who are unprepared to lose money should steer well clear of crypto at the moment. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 15 Nov. 2022 The setback further dented the once-formidable reputation of an army that has mismanaged logistics and sent unprepared and unmotivated soldiers into battle. Marc Santora, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Nov. 2022 Even with two weeks of rest and a handful of players returning from injury, the Terps looked completely unprepared in their 23-10 loss to the Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Ryan Mcfadden, Baltimore Sun, 5 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1528, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 29 Nov. 2022.

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