Preparedness is a condition of being completely ready for something, especially some kind of disaster. Your family's preparedness for an approaching hurricane might include an evacuation plan.

The noun preparedness has been around since the 16th century, originally simply meaning "a state of being prepared." That definition is still used today, but it's more common when talking about something potentially devastating, like a war or a natural disaster. If you live on an earthquake fault line, your town's preparedness may consist of emergency shelters and reinforced buildings. A country's military preparedness is its readiness to fight a war or defend itself.

Definitions of preparedness

n the state of having been made ready or prepared for use or action (especially military action)

preparation, readiness
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poised for action
alert, qui vive
condition of heightened watchfulness or preparation for action
air alert
the condition in which combat aircraft are airborne and ready for an operation
red alert
the highest level of alert when an attack by the enemy seems imminent (or more generally a state of alert resulting from imminent danger)
strip alert
a state of readiness for domestic defense aircraft
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the way something is with respect to its main attributes

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