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  • n. A lack of readiness, or state of being unready

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being unready.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character of being unready, in any sense.


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unready +‎ -ness


  • To shape a policy on the basis of unreadiness is not only to beg the main point, it is an indulgence in a dangerous fallacy of self-deception.

    International Aspects of American Race Relations

  • Our military unreadiness is our moral vindication before the world.

    Democracy in War

  • The habit of taunting foreign disputants, sneering at the cowardice or weakness of the one who shows any sign of reluctance in drawing the sword, and counting up the possible profit to its own country of one or other being well thrashed, in which it so frequently indulges, has inevitably the effect not only of goading the disputants into hostilities, but of connecting in the popular mind at home the idea of unreadiness or unwillingness to fight with baseness and meanness and material disadvantage.

    Reflections and Comments 1865-1895

  • I call your attention to the bottom-right cell, showing the "unreadiness" (aka, no clue) category among the 55-plussers who make up a disproportionate amount of the voting public, and who were supposedly the reason for the congressional freakout that led to the DTV Delay Act. That's margin-of-error territory, folks.

    TV Barn

  • It is quite possible that we brought him up too soon and he's really not ready yet -- he showed some pretty clear flashes of unreadiness last year.

    Long toss: Should we be worried about Storen?

  • Nasser did undertake land reform and other social programs like schools and clinics for the poor, but he spent the bulk of his energy constructing a bureaucratized security state, crushing out political parties, and assuring Washington that there were no other options in view of Egypt's social problems and unreadiness for democracy.

    Geoffrey Wawro: Nasser's Ghost: Time for Washington to Break the Stalemate in Egypt

  • A lot of reasons have been bruited for Facebook's reluctance to go public, but let's just guess that the real one is Mark Zuckerberg's unreadiness for prime time.

    The SEC vs. Zuckerberg

  • The lingering fear of unreadiness and weakness had disappeared.


  • So, Katie, we want them to focus on that difference, on her debate preparation, rather than on her actual well-demonstrated Presidential unreadiness.

    Palin: Media Hates Me Because I'm An Average American

  • Does this Gallup Poll finding perhaps make the point that Hillary has successfully convinced that many more of her supporters of Obama's 'Commander-in-Chief' unreadiness.

    Poll: Twenty-Eight Percent Of Hillary Supporters Would Back McCain If Obama Wins


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