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 app completely removes the option to plan for the perfect shot, alter our appearances and environments for camera readiness, or select the best from countless, nearly identical takes. Grace Mccarty, Glamour, 28 Apr. 2022 There’s a lesson in the cyclical nature of certain challenges—one against complacency and for readiness. John Cunningham, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 Vladimir Putin putting his nuclear forces on a state for higher readiness. ABC News, 27 Feb. 2022 Rodriguez added that the core skills of reading, writing and math — important for college readiness and career success — will be assessed just as thoroughly in the digital format as the print version. Teresa Watanabe, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Jan. 2022 Rodriguez added that the core skills of reading, writing and math — important for college readiness and career success — will be assessed just as thoroughly in the digital format as the print version. Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times, 25 Jan. 2022 The foundation is committed to programs that provide resources for job readiness, job shadowing, internships, vocational education, advancement opportunities and technology instruction. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Jan. 2022 Melissa Smislova, a career official who has led the intelligence office during recent months, will return to her role as deputy undersecretary for intelligence enterprise readiness, working under Cohen's leadership. Geneva Sands, CNN, 9 July 2021 Some districts, like Center Grove Community School Corp., evaluate all incoming kindergarten students for readiness and placement. Arika Herron, The Indianapolis Star, 7 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of readiness

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Readiness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/readiness. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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