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readily

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adverb
  1. promptly; quickly; easily: The information is readily available.
  2. in a ready manner; willingly: He readily agreed to help us.

Origin of readily

First recorded in 1275–1325, readily is from the Middle English word redily. See ready, -ly
Related formso·ver·read·i·ly, adverb

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2. freely, graciously, ungrudgingly.
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  • You Westerners have another way, of accepting people too readily.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • His reason for not pursuing the fugitive may be readily understood.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • In most parts of Mesopotamia it was understood as readily as the native tongue.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • If this is the case the expert's bill may readily run up to $50.

    Flying Machines

    W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell

  • You can readily believe that Napoleon was made much of by all his family because of his action.


British Dictionary definitions for readily

readily

adverb
  1. promptly; eagerly; willingly
  2. without difficulty or delay; easily or quickly
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Word Origin and History for readily

adv.

c.1300, from ready + -ly (2).

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