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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Carney went on to warn that most British businesses, importers and exporters alike are unprepared for a no-deal Brexit. Washington Post, "Boris Johnson says he’s prepared for a no-deal Brexit. Critics say that’s reckless.," 6 July 2019 Governments are not fond of being unprepared for the same thing twice. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Airplanes That Rescue Ebola Patients," 5 July 2019 Nicholas was self-admittedly unprepared for the role. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "The Dramatic True Story Of Russia's Last Dynasty, The Romanovs," 5 July 2019 But the lack of experience must be a concern, particularly if Chelsea is as unprepared to let its coaching staff learn on the job as has been the case under Abramovich. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "Lampard is a Chelsea Legend, Putting Club's Manager Churn to the Test," 4 July 2019 Many horses begin racing at age 3 when the skeletal system is still growing and unprepared to handle the pressures of running on a hard track at high speeds. Jeff Goertzen, The Mercury News, "The truth about horse racing deaths," 30 June 2019 But during a nearly five-minute exchange with Senator Kamala Harris of California in his first debate of the campaign, he was verbally pummeled on busing policy and appeared unprepared to respond. James Pindell, BostonGlobe.com, "What’s next for Joe Biden after he stumbled in his exchange with Kamala Harris?," 28 June 2019 Vine tells a wildly amusing story of Johnson appearing at a dinner he was scheduled to speak at — late, disheveled, and completely unprepared — and then delivering a speech that bore no relation to the event but that the audience adored. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "Boris Johnson, the Brexit Illusionist," 28 June 2019 The university is driving instead of hanging on for dear life while college athletics speeds down a path the Huskies were probably unprepared for, squeezed out of and, ultimately, not cut out for. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: Nostalgia is nice, but UConn’s move to the Big East is about writing and sending its own athletic messages," 28 June 2019

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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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