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readiness

[red-ee-nis] /ˈrɛd i nɪs/
noun
1.
the condition of being ready.
2.
ready movement; promptness; quickness.
3.
ready action; ease; facility.
4.
willingness; inclination; cheerful consent:
a readiness to help others.
5.
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
1350-1400; Middle English redyness(e). See ready, -ness
Related forms
overreadiness, noun
prereadiness, noun
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  • Hold thyself in readiness to come down upon the first summons.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • The talkers were putting the anaesthetizing-room in readiness for the afternoon.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • At last, on the eve of the happy day, everything was in readiness.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • They, with the three on watch, were to get the vessel in readiness for immediate departure.

    The Monster Men Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Trapper Jim was getting some of the bear meat in readiness for cooking.

British Dictionary definitions for readiness

readiness

/ˈrɛdɪnɪs/
noun
1.
the state of being ready or prepared, as for use or action
2.
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
3.
willingness or eagerness to do something
4.
ease or promptness
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Word Origin and History for readiness
n.

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

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