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ready-made

[red-ee-meyd] /ˈrɛd iˈmeɪd/
adjective
1.
made in advance for sale to any purchaser, rather than to order:
a ready-made coat.
2.
made for immediate use.
3.
unoriginal; conventional.
noun
4.
5.
something that is ready-made, as a garment or a piece of furniture or equipment.
Origin of ready-made
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English

readymade

or ready-made

[red-ee-meyd] /ˈrɛd iˈmeɪd/
noun
1.
an everyday manufactured object, as a bottle rack, a snow shovel, a urinal, or a comb, that may by the creative act of selection and designation by an artist attain status as a work of art: associated almost exclusively with the aesthetic activities of Marcel Duchamp during the period 1915 to 1917.
Origin
< French < English; term introduced by Duchamp in 1915
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Examples from the Web for ready-made
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  • They know that a ready-made scheme runs the risk of fitting ill into the event which may present itself.

    The Man Who Laughs Victor Hugo
  • Rice-puddings can be grown, ready-made, by sowing rice with cowcumbers.

  • It is both wholesale and retail, ready-made and made to order, local and international.

    The Romance of the Reaper Herbert Newton Casson
  • Marsh's clothes were cheap and ready-made, and they seemed to be a size too large for him.

    Changing Winds St. John G. Ervine
  • I love low company, and am a bit of a ready-made blackguard.'

    Art in England Dutton Cook
British Dictionary definitions for ready-made

ready-made

adjective
1.
made for purchase and immediate use by any customer: a ready-made jacket
2.
extremely convenient or ideally suited: a ready-made solution
3.
unoriginal or conventional: ready-made phrases
noun
4.
a ready-made article, esp a garment
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