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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Many of them had dreamed of this moment for years, yet were still wholly unprepared for it. Author: Rick Maese, Anchorage Daily News, "Capitals, and Washington, celebrate a Stanley Cup victory decades in the making," 8 June 2018 For the unprepared, locks, suits and more are available to buy at a stand outside. New York Times, "Things to Do in NYC: Astoria for a Pool Day, and Open-Mic Night Plus Dumplings in Chinatown," 12 July 2018 More children may end up lost or traumatized in a system unprepared for the spike in children in need of placement and care. Dianna M. Náñez, azcentral, "Is one lawsuit a path to justice and reunification for separated migrant families?," 23 June 2018 Despite being wildly unprepared, this trip started me on the path toward some incredible outdoor experiences. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "11 Pro Tips for Packing for Your First Backpacking Trip," 28 May 2018 On a chilly Wednesday, about 15 women took the steep wooden stairs to participate in an impromptu speaking workshop with Kara Levy, who encourages the women to stand in front of the group and answer, unprepared, complex questions. Flora Tsapovsky, San Francisco Chronicle, "Forget co-working: Women flock to ‘gathering space’ communities," 2 May 2018 Portugal, expecting another cagey display, were unprepared. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 8 Weeks to Go - Morocco Give Africa Their Moment in the Mexican Sun," 27 Apr. 2018 Droughts, crop failure, and rising seas could force millions to move to other places within their countries to areas that are potentially unprepared for an influx of extra people, the report said. Euan Mckirdy, CNN, "Climate change could create 143 million migrants, World Bank says," 20 Mar. 2018 What concerns some experts, including those who've been pressing for diplomacy, is how unprepared the Trump administration likely is for what could be the most challenging nuclear negotiations since the end of the Cold War. Andrea Mitchell, NBC News, "North Korea’s Kim and Trump meet: Andrea Mitchell weighs risks, rewards," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of unprepared

1528, in the meaning defined above

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un·pre·pared | \ ˌən-pri-ˈperd \

Kids Definition of unprepared

: not being or made ready

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