1. the state of having been made ready or prepared for use or action (especially military action) (Freq. 3)

putting them in readiness


their preparation was more than adequate

Syn: ↑preparedness, ↑preparation
Derivationally related forms: ↑prepare (for: ↑preparation), ↑prepared (for: ↑preparedness), ↑ready
Hypernyms: ↑state
Hyponyms: ↑ready, ↑alert, ↑qui vive
Attrubites: ↑ready, ↑unready
2. prompt willingness (Freq. 2)

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: ↑eagerness, ↑zeal, ↑forwardness
Hypernyms: ↑willingness
3. (psychology) being temporarily ready to respond in a particular way (Freq. 1)

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
Derivationally related forms: ↑set (for: ↑set)
Hypernyms: ↑cognitive state, ↑state of mind
4. a natural effortlessness

they conversed with great facility


"a happy readiness of conversation"—Jane Austen

Syn: ↑facility
Derivationally related forms: ↑ready, ↑facile (for: ↑facility)
Hypernyms: ↑effortlessness

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