[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. reade, charles,
  2. reader,
  3. readership,
  4. readies,
  5. readily,
  6. reading,
  7. reading chair,
  8. reading desk,
  9. reading group,
  10. reading notice

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. 2019

Examples from the Web for readiness

British Dictionary definitions for readiness


/ (ˈrɛdɪnɪs) /


the state of being ready or prepared, as for use or action
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
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