read ‧ i ‧ ness /ˈredinəs, ˈredinɪs/ BrE AmE noun
[ Word Family: noun : ↑ readiness , the ready; adverb : ↑ readily , ↑ ready ; verb : ↑ ready ; adjective : ↑ ready ]
1 . [uncountable] when you are prepared for something, or when something is ready to be used
in readiness (for something)
They stacked the firewood in readiness for the evening campfire.
2 . [singular, uncountable] willingness to do something
readiness to do something
He stressed the government’s readiness to take tough action against terrorists.