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  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; Middle English redyness(e). See ready, -ness
Related formso·ver·read·i·ness, nounpre·read·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of readiness

  • 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.


    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


  1. the state of being ready or prepared, as for use or action
  2. in readiness
    1. prepared and waitingall was in readiness for the guests' arrival
    2. in preparation forhe 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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper