readiness

noun
read·​i·​ness | \ ˈre-dē-nəs How to pronounce readiness (audio) \

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

Examples of readiness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The attack again raises concern about the readiness of Somali forces to take over responsibility for the Horn of Africa country's security in the coming months from the African Union force. Arkansas Online, "Truck bomb rips through Somali capital; death toll at least 79, scores injured," 29 Dec. 2019 The latest attack again raises concern about the readiness of Somali forces to take over responsibility for the Horn of Africa country’s security in the coming months from an African Union force. USA TODAY, "Truck bomb in Somalia’s capital kills dozens," 28 Dec. 2019 The attack again raises concern about the readiness of Somali forces to take over responsibility for the Horn of Africa country’s security in the coming months from the AU force. Washington Post, "Truck bomb in Somali capital kills at least 79 at rush hour," 28 Dec. 2019 The latest attack again raises concern about the readiness of Somali forces to take over responsibility for the Horn of Africa country's security in the coming months from an African Union force. Fox News, "Somalia truck bomb kills at least 61 people, official says," 28 Dec. 2019 The latest attack again raises concern about the readiness of Somali forces to take over responsibility for the Horn of Africa country's security in the coming months from the AU force. Abdi Guled, Anchorage Daily News, "Truck bomb in Somalia’s capital kills at least 76 people," 28 Dec. 2019 Colin Kaepernick will be working out in front of NFL personnel this weekend and many teams will be looking to check the football readiness of the free agent quarterback. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "These NFL teams are the Vegas favorites to land Colin Kaepernick," 14 Nov. 2019 Most of it stems from the Trumpian obsession with espionage and the deep state, and the readiness of his propagandists to twist and misrepresent any information. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "How Trump’s Supporters Distort Alexander Vindman’s Very American Origin Story," 31 Oct. 2019 Is United Launch Alliance hedging its bets on the readiness of its Vulcan rocket? Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Would you buy Virgin Galactic stock? Rocket Lab goes lunar," 25 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of readiness

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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10 Jan 2020

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“Readiness.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/readiness. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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readiness

noun
How to pronounce readiness (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of readiness

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

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