Pronunciation: (red'ē-nis), [key]
1. the condition of being ready.
2. ready movement; promptness; quickness.
3. ready action; ease; facility.
4. willingness; inclination; cheerful consent: a readiness to help others.
5. a developmental stage at which a child has the capacity to receive instruction at a given level of difficulty or to engage in a particular activity.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.