the state of having been made ready or prepared for use or action (especially military action);
"putting them in readiness"
"their preparation was more than adequate"
"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"
(psychology) being temporarily ready to respond in a particular way;
"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"
a natural effortlessness;
"they conversed with great facility"
"a happy readiness of conversation"
- Everything is in readiness.
- "A science fiction cannot not be regarded as a mere entertainment, but in fact it tells the reader much more."
- The defences are kept in readiness for an enemy attack.
- He expressed a great readiness to help us.
- She shows great readiness to learn.
- We had an example of his readiness of resource.
- He answered all the questions with a readiness that startled everyone present.
Aunt Tossie drained her glass in readiness.出自： M. Keane