Definition of preparedness in US English:

preparedness

noun

  • A state of readiness, especially for war.

    ‘the country maintained a high level of military preparedness’
    • ‘A good level of preparedness can be achieved by spending time and money on a thorough business valuation.’
    • ‘Everything possible is being done to assure the highest level of safety preparedness.’
    • ‘This was part of a half-yearly exercise to assess the level of preparedness of the agencies concerned in meeting an oil spill.’
    • ‘The levels of preparedness, public awareness and education in this region are high and do save lives.’
    • ‘And the reality is that building the kind of preparedness that we need is an ongoing process.’
    • ‘Will contractors have to agree to inspections that evaluate this same level of preparedness?’
    • ‘Patriotic organizations advocating military preparedness found new listeners.’
    • ‘Meanwhile the leadership's support of military preparedness discomfited pacifists.’
    • ‘People now accept that a minimum level of preparedness is crucial to tackle a military contingency.’
    • ‘Now, certainly no one is advocating panic but they are advocating preparedness.’
    • ‘The rains exposed the level of police preparedness to handle traffic during rain.’
    • ‘In fact, such was the party's level of preparedness, it was ready to go to the polls as early as January.’
    • ‘If the Government is serious about disaster preparedness, it is going to have to start with the fundamentals.’
    • ‘Goodwill, cooperation and preparedness to be open and accountable always achieve much better outcomes.’
    • ‘The rugby match was deadly serious, played out by two teams at a peak of preparedness, driven by uninhibited ambition.’
    • ‘My brother had expressed his doubts about our preparedness and readiness for this climb.’
    forethought, anticipation, planning, forward planning, provision, prescience, circumspection, watchfulness, attentiveness, vigilance, prudence, care, caution, precaution, readiness
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Pronunciation

preparedness

/prəˈper(ə)dnəs//prəˈpɛr(ə)dnəs/