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- n. the state or degree of being ready
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state or quality of being ready; preparation; promptness; aptitude; willingness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The condition of being ready; the state of being adapted or in condition for immediate use or action; present preparedness or fitness; ready availability or qualification.
- n. Ready action or movement; instant facility or aptitude; promptness; quickness: as, readiness of thought or of speech; readiness in offhand drawing.
- n. Ready disposition; present willingness; mental preparedness.
- n. Synonyms Readiness, Facility. Expertness, Knack, promptitude aptness, preparation, preparedness, inclination. The first four words agree in meaning that the person can do a thing with ease and quickness. Readiness emphasizes promptitude: as, readiness in repartee. Facility by derivation emphasizes ease, whether partly natural or wholly-acquired. (See ease, n.) Expertness is facility acquired: as, expertness with the pen, at figures, in working a sewing-machine; it is primarily physical, and especially manual, but also mental. Knack is a familiar word, applying to facility or expertness viewed as a happy and rather surprising possession of skill or faculty.
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- n. prompt willingness
- n. a natural effortlessness
- n. the state of having been made ready or prepared for use or action (especially military action)
- n. (psychology) being temporarily ready to respond in a particular way
Whatever your communitys values are, articulating the mission of a parent-school alliance creates clarity and what I call readiness for change.
That may be the place where we can address what we call the readiness gap even before students get to kindergarten.
Since the 1970s, several schools scattered around New Hampshire have placed kindergarteners in what they call readiness classes for up to a year before starting first grade; the classes are usually smaller and promote social development as much as academics.
The selective service system plans what it calls a readiness exercise.
Next day, the mast-steps clear and everything in readiness, we started to get the two topmasts aboard.
Everything in readiness, I made a line fast to the apex of the shears and carried it directly to the windlass.
Mrs. McFee, emerging from the supper-room where all was in readiness, caught one flash of the blazing, questing eyes through the silken mask - slits, and received a start.
Our soldiers were in readiness to clear the court of its noisy vermin.
The oars, poised in readiness, bit into the water, and the boat shot away.
Accordingly, I have placed my death-head formation in readiness — for the present only in the East — with orders to them to send to death mercilessly and without compassion, men, women, and children of Polish derivation and language.