the condition of being ready.
ready movement; promptness; quickness.
ready action; ease; facility.
willingness; inclination; cheerful consent: a readiness to help others.
a developmental stage at which a child has the capacity to receive instruction at a given level of difficulty or to engage in a particular activity.

1350–1400; Middle English redyness(e). See ready, -ness

overreadiness, noun
prereadiness, noun Unabridged
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readiness (ˈrɛdɪnɪs)
1.  the state of being ready or prepared, as for use or action
2.  in readiness
 a.  prepared and waiting: all was in readiness for the guests' arrival
 b.  in preparation for: he tidied the house in readiness for the guests' arrival
3.  willingness or eagerness to do something
4.  ease or promptness

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Example sentences
Whether that implied a readiness to act, she's not sure.
The readiness is all-the ability to discern opportunities and not be hemmed in
  by rigid abstractions.
He was a grownup, but there was a readiness for play in him that lasted all his
In the face of calamity, they are brought together by their newfound readiness
  to speak to each other.
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