read·​i·​ness | \ˈre-dē-nəs \

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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Ko said potential customers ask him a lot about the readiness of the H3 booster. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Quietly, Japan has established itself as a power in the aerospace industry," 15 Nov. 2018 The military exercises are central to the security of US allies and crucial to maintaining the readiness and interoperability of forces. Nicole Gaouette, CNN, "Pompeo says North Korea understands there will be 'in-depth verification'," 13 June 2018 Pentagon officials have long believed that the much larger, yearly exercises deter North Korea and improve the readiness of U.S. and South Korean troops. David S. Cloud,, "Trump's decision to halt military exercises with South Korea leaves Pentagon and allies nervous," 12 June 2018 The strong support of these local measures is a call to action for state leaders and lawmakers to create thoughtful, statewide approaches to support the health, safety and school readiness of our youngest Californians. Amy Chance, sacbee, "California Influencers: What did we learn from the June primary election, and why?," 11 June 2018 The decision is in keeping with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' guidance to put the readiness of the military to fight first, according to a memo released Thursday by the Pentagon. Author: Dan Lamothe, Anchorage Daily News, "Pentagon targets ‘non-deployable’ troops for removal in new effort," 15 Feb. 2018 In 2017, the Air Force’s F-22 fleet had the lowest readiness rate of all Air Force combat aircraft, with just 49 percent of aircraft flyable. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "More Than a Dozen F-22s May Have Been Damaged or Destroyed by Hurricane Michael," 15 Oct. 2018 At Slack, the company has their robots routinely run a physical readiness check on meeting rooms — visually scanning for things like if the chairs are present and if the screens for video conferencing are turned on. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "Is this robot really going to replace a security guard?," 8 Oct. 2018 SpaceX, too, is nearing readiness for its test flights of the Dragon spacecraft. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Boeing shifts schedule for Starliner, calls 2019 crew launch “realistic”," 1 Aug. 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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