Part of speech: noun

The quality or state of being ready.

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Usage examples "readiness":

  1. He knows the spot exactly, and will have horses in readiness and guide you there, if need be. - "The Chevalier d'Auriac", S. (Sidney) Levett-Yeats.
  2. Yes, you won't leave town to- day; the inquest is to be held this afternoon, you will probably be wanted then, so hold yourself in readiness. - "The Just and the Unjust", Vaughan Kester.
  3. So, on the following afternoon, Olga sat alone, in readiness for her visitor. - "The Crown of Life", George Gissing.