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Definition of readiness

: the quality or state of being ready: such as
a : a state of preparation As Apollo approached readiness, a new system for validating flight hardware came into use.— William Hines … conditions that prevented all regiments being brought to battle readiness simultaneously …— Graham A. Cosmas Pym presented himself at the entrance to the school drive in readiness for Mr. Cudlove's arrival.— John Le Carré
b : prompt willingness Kostunica has already expressed his readiness to talk with independence-minded leaders in Montenegro …— Joshua Hammer et al. Civil War reportage owed its successes also to the readiness of the military to accept photography as a new visual tool …— Naomi Rosenblum
c : ease, facility The introduction was followed up on his side by a happy readiness of conversation— Jane Austen

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The last part of O’Rourke’s proposal explicitly calls for providing support to the communities that will be most impacted by the effects of climate change and invest in climate readiness. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Where the 2020 Presidential Candidates Stand on Climate Change," 6 June 2019 The low readiness rating is almost certainly the worst among the U.S. military’s combat aircraft and reduces the overall number of bombers by almost a third. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Fewer Than Ten U.S. B-1 Bombers Are Ready for Action," 6 June 2019 But at the end of the day, the goal for every kid has to be readiness for college and career success. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Former U.S. Secretary of Education John King on what Indianapolis gets right about education," 4 June 2019 The 2017-2018 Honor Roll is developed by Educational Results Partnership (ERP), a nonprofit organization that applies data science to help improve student outcomes and career readiness. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Lamar CISD lands three schools on Honor Roll," 6 June 2018 The United States now employs all-volunteer Armed Forces, which many a military commander will say is better for readiness, professionalism, and morale. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Why a Judge Ruled the Males-Only Military Draft Unconstitutional," 25 Feb. 2019 And there's a new focus on readiness and there's a focus on Russia, as Dan said. Fox News, "Kavanaugh confirmation fight looms over midterm elections," 15 July 2018 The $717 billion measure would give troops a 2.6 percent pay hike — the largest in nine years — and address shortfalls in military readiness such as pilot training, maintenance of equipment and procurement of new weapons systems. Matthew Daly,, "Senate backs bill blocking deal with Chinese telecom firm ZTE," 19 June 2018 The Daily Telegraph in London reported Wednesday that May has ordered British submarines to move within missile range of Syria in readiness for strikes against the Assad regime that could begin as early as Thursday night. Zachary Cohen, CNN, "US destroyers, subs, jets could answer Trump's Syria strike call," 11 Apr. 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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: the state of being ready or prepared for something
: the state of being willing to do something

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