What does readiness mean?

Definitions for readiness
ˈrɛd i nɪsreadi·ness

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. readiness, preparedness, preparationnoun

    the state of having been made ready or prepared for use or action (especially military action)

    "putting them in readiness"; "their preparation was more than adequate"

  2. readiness, eagerness, zeal, forwardnessnoun

    prompt willingness

    "readiness to continue discussions"; "they showed no eagerness to spread the gospel"; "they disliked his zeal in demonstrating his superiority"; "he tried to explain his forwardness in battle"

  3. set, readinessnoun

    (psychology) being temporarily ready to respond in a particular way

    "the subjects' set led them to solve problems the familiar way and to overlook the simpler solution"; "his instructions deliberately gave them the wrong set"

  4. facility, readinessnoun

    a natural effortlessness

    "they conversed with great facility"; "a happy readiness of conversation"--Jane Austen


  1. readinessnoun

    the state or degree of being ready

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Readinessnoun

    Etymology: from ready.

    He would not forget the readiness of their king, in aiding him when the duke of Bretagne failed him. Francis Bacon.

    He opens himself to the man of business with reluctancy, but offers himself to the visits of a friend with facility and all the meeting readiness of desire. South.

    Have you an army ready?
    —— The centurions and their charges already in the entertainment to be on foot at an hour’s warning.
    —— I am joyful to hear of their readiness. William Shakespeare.

    They remained near a month, that they might be in readiness to attend the motion of the army. Edward Hyde.

    Nature has provided for the readiness and easiness of speech. William Holder, Elements of Speech.

    A pious and well-disposed mind, attended with a readiness to obey the known will of God, is the surest means to enlighten the understanding to a belief of christianity. South.

    Their conviction grew so strong, that they embraced the same truths, and laid down their lives, or were always in a readiness to do it, rather than depart from them. Addison.


  1. readiness

    Readiness refers to the state of being fully prepared or of being in a suitable condition to initiate or proceed with a task, action, or situation. It typically involves having the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, equipment, or resources needed to effectively respond or perform. Readiness can also refer to the level of willingness or enthusiasm to perform a task or adapt to a change.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Readinessnoun

    the state or quality of being ready; preparation; promptness; aptitude; willingness

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. readiness

    The ability of United States military forces to fight and meet the demands of the national military strategy. Readiness is the synthesis of two distinct but interrelated

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. readiness

    A state of alertness or preparation; thus, to hold a corps in readiness, is to have it prepared in consequence of some previous order to march at a moment’s notice.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of readiness in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of readiness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of readiness in a Sentence

  1. Mustafa Bali:

    Naturally our preparations are along the length of the border with Turkey and our forces are in a state of readiness.

  2. Le Van Hai:

    Combat readiness is the top priority of the division, of the Ministry of Defence and the country. We can deal with any sudden or unexpected situation ... We are ready, high combat readiness.

  3. Bill Gortney:

    Intel community gives it a very low probability of success, but I do not believe the American people want (me) to base my readiness assessment on a low probability.

  4. National Aeronautics and Space Administration:

    The situation will not affect the mission's launch readiness date of July 17, 2020.

  5. Mark Milley:

    We always maintain very high levels of readiness.

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