pre·​pared·​ness | \ pri-ˈper-əd-nəs How to pronounce preparedness (audio) also -ˈperd-nəs How to pronounce preparedness (audio) \

Definition of preparedness

: the quality or state of being prepared especially : a state of adequate preparation in case of war

Examples of preparedness in a Sentence

The military is in a state of preparedness.
Recent Examples on the Web Have visibility into the health and integrity of your systems and put your preparedness to the test with simulated attacks. Brent Mccarty, Forbes, 16 June 2022 Among other activities, the group would help to lead disease-outbreak drills in countries to test their preparedness. Time, 7 June 2022 In spring training, Bradish showcased his preparedness for the majors, throwing a pair of scoreless two-inning appearances opposite lineups of New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies regulars. Nathan Ruiz, Baltimore Sun, 28 Apr. 2022 So, for his part, Oladipo has accentuated his preparedness. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 24 Apr. 2022 According to her new letter to Cardona, Foxx is deeply concerned about the Education Department’s level of preparedness for wide-scale student loan forgiveness. Zack Friedman, Forbes, 9 June 2022 Their provider can contact a local or state health department to collect a specimen for orthopox testing, said Chris Mangal, director of public health preparedness and response at the Association of Public Health Laboratories. Jacqueline Howard And Michael Nedelman, CNN, 30 May 2022 Bill Blair, minister of emergency preparedness, said Canada is very different from the United States. Rob Gillies, Chron, 30 May 2022 The training, detailed in documents reviewed by The New York Times, was part of an overhaul of security preparedness in Uvalde — and across much of Texas. New York Times, 26 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of preparedness

1590, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for preparedness

prepared + -ness

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24 Jun 2022

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“Preparedness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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