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Princeton's WordNet

  1. unpreparedadjective

    without preparation; not prepared for

    "unprepared remarks"; "the shock was unprepared"; "our treaty makers approached their immensely difficult problems unprepared"- R.E.Danielson


  1. unpreparedadjective

    Not prepared; caught by surprise.

    The castle was unprepared for the assault.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Unpreparedadjective

    Unpractis’d, unprepar’d, and still to seek. John Milton.

    To come unprepar’d before him, is an argument that we do not esteem God. Brian Duppa, Rules for Devotion.

    Fields are full of eyes, and woods have ears;
    For this the wise are ever on their guard,
    For, unforeseen, they say, is unprepar’d. Dryden.

    I would not kill thy unprepared spirit;
    No; heavens forefend. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    My unprepar’d, and unrepenting breath,
    Was snatch’d away by the swift hand of death. Wentworth Dillon.


  1. unprepared

    Unprepared refers to not being ready, equipped or well-suited for a particular situation, event or action. This implies a lack of proper planning, training, resources or adequate information required to effectively handle or respond to something.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Unprepared

    un-prē-pārd′, adj. without preparation, done without such.—n. Unpreparā′tion, unpreparedness.—adv. Unprepār′edly.—n. Unprepār′edness.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of unprepared in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of unprepared in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of unprepared in a Sentence

  1. Eric Garcetti:

    We know the ‘Big One’ is coming, it's a matter of when. If we're unprepared, the effects could be devastating, these things come with real costs, but we cannot afford not to pay them.

  2. Sir Winston Churchill:

    To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour.

  3. Vicente Lim:

    Bear in mind that no matter how small a thing you want to do, plan it ahead of time, think it over and allot a certain time for you to prepare your plans, for a mediocre plan is better than a brilliant unprepared plan that is haphazardly carried out.

  4. George Whelton:

    The resounding echo of the mortal coil, echoes in the ears of those who are unprepared for it. To some, it sounds like a symphony - to others, a death toll.

  5. Josh Apte:

    We were caught unprepared by the virus, but we've also been caught unprepared by the natural disasters that have been exacerbated and caused by climate change, and this is because, even in really prosperous societies, we haven't attended to the equity infrastructure that we need in order to protect people.

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