un·​ready | \ ˌən-ˈre-dē How to pronounce unready (audio) \
unreadier; unreadiest

Definition of unready

: not prepared or ready unready to go to college My catcher … seemed unready; through the openings in his mask I could just discern a look that mingled confusion and distress.— Ejner Jensen I'm like a jailbird after a long stretch: unready for life, resentful of the separation, nostalgic for the chums I'd been locked up with …— John le Carré

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unreadiness noun

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Still, European defense spending today is roughly 7% lower than a decade ago in constant dollars and many NATO militaries are either unready to deploy quickly in an emergency or overstretched with foreign missions. Daniel Michaels, WSJ, "NATO, Under Fire From Trump, to Trumpet Its Heightened Readiness," 6 July 2018 He's seen players deemed unready one season improve enough to make a team the following year. Eliza Mcgraw, chicagotribune.com, "It's tryout season. Here are lessons parents can help kids learn through this pressure-filled time.," 19 May 2018 No one wants unready tech on public roads, but for anyone who has bought into the technology’s promise to save lives, the delay is a bummer. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "Save Lives With Smarter, Slower Streets—Not Self-Driving Cars," 11 May 2018 Social structures immediately collapse; protagonists must suffer for being weak, unready, and unfit. Asher Elbein, The Atlantic, "The Terror Is More Than a Chilling Monster Show," 1 May 2018 Unwrapped and unready, the pile appeared daunting, The work still to do should have made their dreams haunting. Sally Higginson, chicagotribune.com, "A visit from St. Nick? Try Mrs. Claus.," 11 Dec. 2017 Conventional wisdom dismissed those societies as unready for democracy. Max Fisher, New York Times, "Myanmar, Once a Hope for Democracy, Is Now a Study in How It Fails," 19 Oct. 2017 The host Fire, in their first playoff game in five years, appeared unready and overwhelmed. Brian Straus, SI.com, "Chicago's Return to the Playoffs Was Short-Lived as It Fell Apart And the Red Bulls Moved on," 25 Oct. 2017 Biggest surprise: The Saints being unready for Hundley to run the ball. Josh Katzenstein, NOLA.com, "Saints overcome early issues, beat Packers: Final score, stats and analysis," 22 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of unready

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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: not prepared for something : not ready

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