Readiness is a quality of being able or willing to do something. An athlete's readiness for the Olympics has to do with how warmed up she is, whether she's recovered from injuries, as well as her psychological state.

Your readiness for something usually has to do with how well prepared you are. Your parents might have decorated a room and bought a crib before you were born, in readiness for your arrival. And local police sometimes clear the streets and direct traffic away in readiness for a big parade. Readiness can also mean "willingness," like an eager kindergartner's readiness to learn how to read.

Definitions of readiness
  1. noun
    the state of having been made ready or prepared for use or action (especially military action)
    “putting them in readiness
    synonyms: preparation, preparedness
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    poised for action
    alert, qui vive
    condition of heightened watchfulness or preparation for action
    air alert
    the condition in which combat aircraft are airborne and ready for an operation
    red alert
    the highest level of alert when an attack by the enemy seems imminent (or more generally a state of alert resulting from imminent danger)
    strip alert
    a state of readiness for domestic defense aircraft
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    the way something is with respect to its main attributes
  2. noun
    prompt willingness
    readiness to continue discussions”
    synonyms: eagerness, forwardness, zeal
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    cheerful compliance
  3. noun
    (psychology) being temporarily ready to respond in a particular way
    synonyms: set
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    cognitive state, state of mind
    the state of a person's cognitive processes
  4. noun
    a natural effortlessness
    “"a happy readiness of conversation"--Jane Austen”
    synonyms: facility
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    the quality of requiring little effort




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