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 Still Hinojosa admitted that charter schools did force the district to step up their game as some are known to outperform the district in college readiness, dropout rates and discipline. Dallas News, "DISD partners with Paul Quinn College for new specialty school in South Dallas," 28 Jan. 2021 For decades the Democratic Party has staked out a position of diminishing the importance of U.S. military readiness. Dan Sullivan, WSJ, "Defense Is on the Ballot in Georgia," 7 Dec. 2020 The Air Force Times said the troops in Alabama are being coordinated in a nationwide readiness for tasks such as assisting with cyber defense, working the polls, and standing-by in case of post-election civil unrest. William Thornton |, al, "300 Alabama National Guard troops prepared for Election Day unrest," 2 Nov. 2020 The first thing to consider before giving children a smartphone, or a social-media or online gaming account, is to assess their readiness. Julie Jargon, WSJ, "From Pinterest to Fitbit, No App Is Truly Kid-Safe. Here’s What Families Can Do.," 30 Jan. 2021 Rollouts are expected to start in February, although the exact timeline depends on regulatory approvals of vaccines in each country -- as well as their readiness to administer them properly. Rebecca Wright, Ivan Watson And Sophia Saifi, CNN, "Pakistan battles 'tsunami' of Covid-19 patients with few vaccines in sight," 30 Jan. 2021 The discriminatory ban against transgender service members was a hateful policy that violated American values and undermined our military readiness and national security. Elizabeth Thompson, Dallas News, "Transgender troops no longer barred from service as Biden repeals policy in move to boost inclusiveness," 25 Jan. 2021 Not only that, but the Osma doubles as a phone charger, ensuring your readiness for whatever else the day has in store. New York Times, "The T List: Five Things We Recommend This Week," 21 Jan. 2021 On January 2nd, Iran invoked a military analogy to describe its readiness to increase enrichment to twenty per cent. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "Biden Faces a Minefield in New Diplomacy with Iran," 4 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of readiness

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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21 Feb 2021

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“Readiness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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