AskDefine | Define preparedness

Dictionary Definition

preparedness n : 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" [syn: readiness, preparation]

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  1. The state of being prepared, especially for battle

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state of being prepared

Extensive Definition

Preparedness refers to the state of being prepared for specific or unpredictable events or situations. Preparedness is an important quality in achieving goals and in avoiding and mitigating negative outcomes. It is a major phase of emergency management, and is particularly valued in areas of competition such as sport and military science.
Methods of preparation include research, estimation, planning, resourcing, education and rehearsing.
preparedness in Norwegian: Beredskap

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Eisenhower Doctrine, Monroe Doctrine, Nixon Doctrine, TLC, Truman Doctrine, ability, alertness, anticipation, appeasement, attention, balance of power, brinkmanship, capability, care, carefulness, caution, circumspection, circumspectness, coexistence, colonialism, competence, competency, compromise, concern, condition, consideration, containment, detente, deterrence, diplomacy, diplomatic, diplomatics, dollar diplomacy, dollar imperialism, expansionism, fitness, fittedness, foreign affairs, foreign policy, forethought, good-neighbor policy, heed, heedfulness, imperialism, internationalism, isolationism, loving care, manifest destiny, mastery, maturity, militarism, mindfulness, nationalism, neocolonialism, neutralism, nonresistance, open door, open-door policy, peace offensive, peaceful coexistence, proficiency, qualification, readiness, regard, regardfulness, ripeness, seasoning, shirt-sleeve diplomacy, shuttle diplomacy, solicitude, spheres of influence, suitability, suitableness, suitedness, tempering, tender loving care, the big stick, thoughtfulness, tough policy, trim, vigilance, world politics
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