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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Many are simply unprepared for the new landscape that awaits them. Fortune, "As Tech IPOs Grow, Communications Is Even More Crucial," 31 July 2019 Stoneman Douglas has been rated A for its academic achievement, but the tragedy showed that the school was unprepared for a tragedy. Scott Travis, sun-sentinel.com, "South Florida school districts ‘most problematic’ in complying with safety laws," 25 July 2019 But many were unprepared for what architect Cesar Pelli had in mind for a swath of land at the corner of Melrose Avenue and San Vicente Boulevard in West Hollywood that once housed a Pacific Electric railway facility. Los Angeles Times, "Cesar Pelli’s Pacific Design Center changed the L.A. landscape. In a good way?," 20 July 2019 While the White House blamed Kim for Trump's decision to scuttle the summit, some national security aides had privately expressed concerns that the U.S. delegation and the president himself were unprepared for the intensity of nuclear negotiations. Matt Stiles, latimes.com, "Trump pulls out of planned nuclear summit, says he will be 'waiting' if North Korea changes its approach," 24 May 2018 Salvation Army’s Oregon and Southern Idaho operations CEO Nancy Dihle says officials were unprepared for the rigor of the process and hope to be more competitive next time. USA TODAY, "Child rock climber, baby doll scare, real-life RoboCop: News from around our 50 states," 20 June 2019 Of the million ways a parent is completely unprepared for the death of a child, this one must be among the most terrible. Nathaniel Penn, Popular Mechanics, "The Day the Town Blew Up," 3 June 2019 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

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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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