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NOUN (4)

1. the state of having been made ready or prepared for use or action (especially military action);
- Example: "putting them in readiness"
- Example: "their preparation was more than adequate"
[syn: readiness, preparedness, preparation]

2. prompt willingness;
- Example: "readiness to continue discussions"
- Example: "they showed no eagerness to spread the gospel"
- Example: "they disliked his zeal in demonstrating his superiority"
- Example: "he tried to explain his forwardness in battle"
[syn: readiness, eagerness, zeal, forwardness]

3. (psychology) being temporarily ready to respond in a particular way;
- Example: "the subjects' set led them to solve problems the familiar way and to overlook the simpler solution"
- Example: "his instructions deliberately gave them the wrong set"
[syn: set, readiness]

4. a natural effortlessness;
- Example: "they conversed with great facility"
- Example: "a happy readiness of conversation"--Jane Austen
[syn: facility, readiness]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Readiness \Read"i*ness\, n. The state or quality of being ready; preparation; promptness; aptitude; willingness. [1913 Webster] They received the word with all readiness of mind. --Acts xvii. 11. [1913 Webster] Syn: Facility; quickness; expedition; promptitude; promptness; aptitude; aptness; knack; skill; expertness; dexterity; ease; cheerfulness. See Facility. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

readiness n 1: 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" [syn: readiness, preparedness, preparation] 2: 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" [syn: readiness, eagerness, zeal, forwardness] 3: (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" [syn: set, readiness] 4: a natural effortlessness; "they conversed with great facility"; "a happy readiness of conversation"--Jane Austen [syn: facility, readiness]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

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