[ red-ee-nis ]
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  1. the condition of being ready.

  2. ready movement; promptness; quickness.

  1. ready action; ease; facility.

  2. willingness; inclination; cheerful consent: a readiness to help others.

  3. 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

Other words from readiness

  • o·ver·read·i·ness, noun
  • pre·read·i·ness, noun

Words Nearby readiness Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use readiness in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for readiness


/ (ˈrɛdɪnɪs) /

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

  2. in readiness

    • prepared and waiting: all was in readiness for the guests' arrival

    • in preparation for: he tidied the house in readiness for the guests' arrival

  1. willingness or eagerness to do something

  2. ease or promptness

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