Definition of unprepared in English:



  • 1[predicative] Not ready or able to deal with something.

    ‘she was totally unprepared for what happened next’
    ‘the transformation caught them unprepared’
    • ‘Having the prince at your very stall was no ordinary thing and the man was unprepared for dealing with royalty.’
    • ‘He effectively dispels any myth of a ‘sneak attack’ at Pearl Harbor and any notion that the United States was caught totally unprepared for war.’
    • ‘While this is perfectly viable, there are few black players that are unprepared for dealing with this setup, and white's choices are somewhat limited.’
    • ‘Caught unprepared for the insurgency, the Pentagon is now showering money on devices designed to give soldiers an edge in such fighting.’
    • ‘The film, which included newsreel footage, exposed how Australian defence forces were ill-equipped and unprepared for the attack.’
    • ‘Don't be caught unprepared for pride; check out these must-have products’
    • ‘The shelling of Fort Sumter caught the U.S. Army unprepared for war.’
    • ‘The rainy season was unusually erratic that year in Wind Dance, and Eider had been caught unprepared for a storm of such force.’
    • ‘No reason to be caught unprepared for what came next.’
    • ‘He was caught quite unprepared for the Fifth Crusade, thinking that the truce would not be violated.’
    • ‘I was also unprepared for dealing with a student who brought his buck knife to school and began waving it at me and the other students.’
    • ‘Mia was soon caught unprepared for the sudden rise in altitude that Phyconos performed.’
    • ‘Midwestern soybean growers were caught unprepared for a visit from a foreign aphid during the summer of 2000.’
    • ‘Malaria spread quickly among the troops, and by August the hospitals filled to capacity, catching the medical personnel unprepared for such an epidemic.’
    • ‘Again, Heather was caught entirely unprepared for the answer and had to search for an appropriate response.’
    • ‘We are, very simply, unprepared for dealing with pangs of shame or for undertaking spiritual soul-searchings.’
    • ‘It is clear that the clowns at white house were caught unprepared for this latest atrocity by the zionists.’
    • ‘Quite how anyone in the US can be caught unprepared for an election is beyond us at Dimpler Towers.’
    • ‘Surprised and unprepared for the unexpected shove from behind, the man toppled over, barely catching himself before he hit the ground.’
    • ‘Having caught him completely unprepared for this attack, his eyes are wide with surprise as his ears are standing straight up with fear.’
    not ready, unready, off guard, off one's guard, surprised, taken aback, unsuspecting
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    1. 1.1[with infinitive]Not willing to do something.
      ‘they were unprepared to accept what was proposed’
      • ‘It suggests that they had visions of '66, and were unprepared to accept anything less.’
      • ‘Although small in number, these suggest that the population may be increasingly unprepared to accept their lot.’
      • ‘Further, more than one in two persons would be unprepared to accept, through marriage, a Chinese person, a South Asian or a black African as a relative.’
      • ‘Those with recent injuries were predictably in a state of denial, unprepared to accept the doctors' verdict that they would never again walk.’
      • ‘However, this lack of connection may also leave them feeling unprepared to handle the intimacy of such a relationship.’
      unwilling, disinclined, averse, loath, reluctant, indisposed, resistant, opposed
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    2. 1.2(of a thing) not made ready for use.
      ‘paintings on unprepared canvas’
      • ‘The celeb who earned the most stars would earn a fully prepared meal, the celeb would earned the second most stars would earn an unprepared meal and the celeb who earned the least stars would earn nothing- and have to subsist on only rice and beans.’
      • ‘Many of Pollock's pictures were painted in black on unprepared, cream-colored canvas, but this one includes large amounts of color.’
      • ‘There is at least a tacit nod to the unprepared canvases of Color Field paintings.’
      • ‘In a mystery worthy of Agatha Christie, the wear and tear on a pair of slippers, an unprepared bed and a missing walking-stick and torch became sinister clues in the absence of any evidence as to how "Aunt Flo" came to be in the river.’
      • ‘I'm wondering if a year in an unprepared holding bed or plunk and run in the big unprepared bed is the best course of action.’