readiness

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

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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)
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readiness to continue discussions

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they showed no eagerness to spread the gospel

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they disliked his zeal in demonstrating his superiority

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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)
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the subjects' set led them to solve problems the familiar way and to overlook the simpler solution

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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
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they conversed with great facility

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"a happy readiness of conversation"—Jane Austen

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

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