unprepared

adjective
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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Other Words from unprepared

unpreparedness \ ˌən-​pri-​ˈper-​əd-​nəs How to pronounce unprepared (audio) also  -​ˈperd-​nəs \ noun

Examples of unprepared in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Since 2011, investments to develop the energy and mining sectors have fallen 40%, according to asset manager Schroders, leaving many producers unprepared for a recent boom in manufacturing and spending in the world’s two largest economies. Chuin-wei Yap, WSJ, 8 June 2021 Apart from anything else, ripping the headgates open and letting water smash through an unprepared system of canals and ditches, some of which aren’t in great shape at the moment, could cause local floods and damage to property. Emma Marris, The Atlantic, 5 June 2021 In many cases, seniors financially unprepared for retirement will continue trading time for money long beyond their retirement ages. Andrew Lanoie, Forbes, 4 June 2021 Adams framed Yang as uncommitted and unprepared to run the nation's largest city, while Yang attacked Adams' integrity, referencing allegations of corruption. Averi Harper, ABC News, 2 June 2021 Still, the shortages raise questions about whether some companies have been too aggressive in harvesting savings by slashing inventory, leaving them unprepared for whatever trouble inevitably emerges. New York Times, 1 June 2021 The Equity Collaborative concluded in a report that administrators and staff members were unprepared to tackle these problems. NBC News, 1 June 2021 The full story may never be revealed of why security officials were so unprepared for the breach of the building, supposedly one of the most secure in the nation, despite ample warnings of potential violence. BostonGlobe.com, 29 May 2021 The full story may never be revealed of why security officials were so unprepared for the breach of the building, supposedly one of the most secure in the nation, despite ample warnings of potential violence. Luke Broadwater, Star Tribune, 29 May 2021

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First Known Use of unprepared

1528, in the meaning defined above

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“Unprepared.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unprepared. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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unprepared

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unprepared

: not ready to deal with something : not prepared

unprepared

adjective
un·​pre·​pared | \ ˌən-pri-ˈperd \

Kids Definition of unprepared

: not being or made ready

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