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READINESS, noun red'iness. [from ready.]

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 17:11.

3. A state of preparation; fitness of condition. The troops are in readiness