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The state of being prepared, especially military readiness for combat.
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the state of being prepared or ready, esp militarily ready for war
preˈparedly adv
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(prɪˈpɛər ɪd nɪs, -ˈpɛərd nɪs)

the state of being prepared; readiness, esp. for war.
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  1. (I was) as unprepared to meet my mother as a sinner is reluctant to meet his Maker —Maya Angelou
  2. Got ready like a depression fighter going into the main bout at the Garden on Friday night —Norman Mailer, on preparing for a television appearance
  3. He [the district attorney] prepares his cases as if he were laying the foundations of society —Ross Macdonald
  4. In life, as in chess, forethought wins —Charles Buxton

    See Also: LIFE

  5. Like a basketball coach in a close game, he looked poised to spring —Fletcher Knebel
  6. Poised like an acid-tipped arrow —Paige Mitchell
  7. Prepare as though for a death —Katherine Mansfield, on travel preparations
  8. Prepared … as healthy people are said to be prepared for death, in the sense of knowing it must come without in the least expecting that it will —Edith Wharton
  9. Prepared for combat [in business situation] like an ambitious and hungry heavyweight boxer before a fight —Andrew M. Greeley
  10. Prepared like a porcupine for cold weather —Anon
  11. Stands … ready like a retriever —Erich Maria Remarque
  12. Trained him like a race horse for academic success —Robert L. Heilbroner

    The man whose educational upbringing Heilbrone likened to training a race horse is economist John Maynard Keynes.

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.preparedness - the state of having been made ready or prepared for use or action (especially military action); "putting them in readiness"; "their preparation was more than adequate"
state - the way something is with respect to its main attributes; "the current state of knowledge"; "his state of health"; "in a weak financial state"
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
ready - poised for action; "their guns were at the ready"
alert, qui vive - condition of heightened watchfulness or preparation for action; "bombers were put on alert during the crisis"
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noun readiness, order, preparation, fitness, alertness The country has to maintain military preparedness.
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The condition of being made ready beforehand:
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[prɪˈpɛərɪdnɪs] Npreparación f, estado m de preparación
military preparednesspreparación f militar
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[prɪˈpɛərɪdnɪs] nétat m d'alerte
red alert, the maximum state of preparedness → l'alerte rouge, l'état d'alerte maximum
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n (= readiness)Vorbereitetsein nt (→ for auf +acc); (for untoward events) → Gefasstsein nt (→ for auf +acc); (= willingness)Bereitschaft f; lack of preparednessmangelnde Vorbereitung (→ for auf +acc); preparedness for warKriegsbereitschaft f; (of army)Einsatzbereitschaft f
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[prɪˈpɛərɪdnɪs] npreparazione f
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