Definition of unprepared in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʌnprɪˈpɛːd/


1Not ready or able to deal with something: she was totally unprepared for what happened next the transformation caught them unprepared
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  • 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.
  • We are, very simply, unprepared for dealing with pangs of shame or for undertaking spiritual soul-searchings.
  • 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.
not ready, unready, off (one's) guard, surprised, taken aback, unsuspecting;
unrehearsed, unwatchful, unqualified, ineligible, unfit, incompetent, incapable, ill-equipped, unequipped, not equal/up to
informal caught napping, caught on the hop
1.1 [with infinitive] Not willing to do something: they were unprepared to accept what was proposed
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  • 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.
  • Although small in number, these suggest that the population may be increasingly unprepared to accept their lot.
  • It suggests that they had visions of '66, and were unprepared to accept anything less.
unwilling, disinclined, averse, loath, reluctant, indisposed, resistant, opposed
2Not made ready for use: paintings on unprepared canvas
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  • 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.
  • 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.



Pronunciation: /ˌʌnprɪˈpɛːdnəs/ Pronunciation: /ʌnprɪˈpɛːrɪdnəs/
Example sentences
  • THE BIG LESSON of Katrina is not about the incompetence of the Bush administration, the scandalous neglect of poor black people in the United States or our unpreparedness for major natural disasters, though all of those apply.
  • Add to this generic corruption the mystifying, near-total unpreparedness of the American rulers of Iraq to deal with the complex realities of the country after its ‘liberation.’
  • But with enemies as incompetent as those who attacked the United Nations, the United States and the people of Iraq may succeed despite their unpreparedness to nation-build in the Middle East.



Words that rhyme with unprepared

Baird, hearing-impaired, laird, undeclared, underprepared, unimpaired, unpaired, unshared

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