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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Already made, prepared, or available: ready-made clothes.
  • adj. Handy or expedient, especially because of familiarity, frequent use, or preplanning: a raft of ready-made excuses.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Made or prepared in advance of need.
  • n. An everyday object designated as art.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Made already, or beforehand, in anticipation of need; not made to order

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Previously made and now ready for use; furnished or obtained in a formed state; specifically, in trade, made ready for chance sale, and not made to order for a particular person: as. ready-made clothing; ready-made opinions or excuses.
  • Pertaining to articles prepared beforehand: as, the ready-made department of a tailor's or shoemaker's business.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a manufactured artifact (as a garment or piece of furniture) that is made in advance and available for purchase
  • adj. repeated regularly without thought or originality
  • adj. commercially produced; not homemade
  • adj. made for purchase and immediate use

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