Webster 1913 Edition
The state or quality of being ready; preparation; promptness; aptitude; willingness.
They received the word with all
Acts xvii. 11.
Syn. – Facility; quickness; expedition; promptitude; promptness; aptitude; aptness; knack; skill; expertness; dexterity; ease; cheerfulness. See
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Quickness; promptness; promptitude; facility; freedom from hinderance or obstruction; as readiness of speech; readiness of thought; readiness of mind in suggesting an answer; readiness of reply.
2.Promptitude; cheerfulness; willingness; alacrity; freedom from reluctance; as, to grant a request or assistance with readiness.
They received the word with all readiness of mind. Acts 17.
3.A state of preparation; fitness of condition. The troops are in readiness.
readiness (usually uncountable, plural readinesses)
- The state or degree of being ready.
- 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 5, in The Celebrity:
- We expressed our readiness, and in ten minutes were in the station wagon, rolling rapidly down the long drive, for it was then after nine. We passed on the way the van of the guests from Asquith.
state or degree of being ready