1. [ noun ] the state of having been made ready or prepared for use or action (especially military action)
Synonyms: preparation preparedness

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

Related terms: state ready alert military ready unready
2. [ noun ] prompt willingness

: "readiness to continue discussions"

Related terms: willingness
3. [ noun ] (psychology) a temporary readiness to respond in a particular way
Synonyms: set

"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"

Related terms: cognitive_state psychology
4. [ noun ] a natural effortlessness
Synonyms: facility

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

Related terms: effortlessness
Similar spelling:   redness