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[red-ee-nis] /ˈrɛd i nɪs/
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.
Origin of readiness
1350-1400; Middle English redyness(e). See ready, -ness
Related forms
overreadiness, noun
prereadiness, noun Unabridged
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  • Whether that implied a readiness to act, she's not sure.
  • Sato and a few dozen others ran next door to the town's three-story disaster-readiness center.
  • 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 life.
  • In the face of calamity, they are brought together by their newfound readiness to speak to each other.
  • They stem from the readiness of great apes to ape one another and pick up behaviours from their peers.
  • The more people you get into a state of flight-readiness the less critical any individual astronaut will be.
  • Let our leaders be chosen, not by the composite of their gender, but by their readiness to preside over our great nation.
  • There is still a long way from the initial testing of an engine to the actual flight readiness.
  • No, that wasn't going to happen irregardless of our space readiness.
British Dictionary definitions for readiness


the state of being ready or prepared, as for use or action
in readiness
  1. prepared and waiting: all was in readiness for the guests' arrival
  2. in preparation for: he tidied the house in readiness for the guests' arrival
willingness or eagerness to do something
ease or promptness
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Word Origin and History for readiness

mid-14c., "state of preparation, preparedness;" late 14c., "promptness;" from ready (adj.) + -ness. As "willingness" from c.1400.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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