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- n. the state or degree of being ready
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state or quality of being ready; preparation; promptness; aptitude; willingness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The condition of being ready; the state of being adapted or in condition for immediate use or action; present preparedness or fitness; ready availability or qualification.
- n. Ready action or movement; instant facility or aptitude; promptness; quickness: as, readiness of thought or of speech; readiness in offhand drawing.
- n. Ready disposition; present willingness; mental preparedness.
- n. Synonyms Readiness, Facility. Expertness, Knack, promptitude aptness, preparation, preparedness, inclination. The first four words agree in meaning that the person can do a thing with ease and quickness. Readiness emphasizes promptitude: as, readiness in repartee. Facility by derivation emphasizes ease, whether partly natural or wholly-acquired. (See ease, n.) Expertness is facility acquired: as, expertness with the pen, at figures, in working a sewing-machine; it is primarily physical, and especially manual, but also mental. Knack is a familiar word, applying to facility or expertness viewed as a happy and rather surprising possession of skill or faculty.
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- n. prompt willingness
- n. a natural effortlessness
- n. the state of having been made ready or prepared for use or action (especially military action)
- n. (psychology) being temporarily ready to respond in a particular way
ready + -ness (Wiktionary)