read·​i·​ness ˈre-dē-nəs How to pronounce readiness (audio)
: the quality or state of being ready: such as
: 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
: 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
: ease, facility
The introduction was followed up on his side by a happy readiness of conversationJane Austen

Examples of readiness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the past, Beijing has ramped up military intimidation toward Taiwan before and after the vote, to signal readiness to use force if Taipei refuses to submit to Chinese Communist Party rule indefinitely. Vic Chiang, Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2023 Our latest Network Readiness Index report, which evaluates 134 economies based on a wide range of factors related to their readiness to harness the benefits of the networked digital economy, all but confirms this. Bysoumitra Dutta, Fortune Europe, 21 Nov. 2023 The Department of Defense has repeatedly warned that Tuberville’s stunt is hurting military readiness. Ellie Quinlan Houghtaling, The New Republic, 3 Nov. 2023 Warman expressed confidence in the bird's readiness to return to the wild. Staff Reports, Arkansas Online, 17 Oct. 2023 Those efforts are now being heightened, both for readiness and to deter an unpredictable Russia. Anna Mulrine Grobe, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 Nov. 2023 Resistance to Change This formula suggests that change readiness is high when the product of dissatisfaction, vision, and feasibility exceeds the resistance to change. Sherzod Odilov, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 The candidates have been asked about the war between Israel and Hamas, U.S. funding for Ukraine in its fight against Russia and the U.S. readiness if China tries to take Taiwan. Eliza Collins, WSJ, 9 Nov. 2023 Faced by cruel and murderous enemies abroad, the Biden administration weakens American military readiness. Gabriel Scheinmann, National Review, 8 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of readiness was in the 14th century

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“Readiness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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