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[ef-ert-lis] /ˈɛf ərt lɪs/
requiring or involving no effort; displaying no signs of effort; easy:
an effortless writing style.
Origin of effortless
1795-1805; effort + -less
Related forms
effortlessly, adverb
effortlessness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for effortless
  • As a result, the act of reading seems effortless and easy.
  • B had sufficient poise and seemingly effortless grace in his teaching to make saying hello again easy after those years ended.
  • Programs or products that promote easy or effortless long term weight loss don't work.
  • Think of a frittata as an omelet made effortless: no fussing or folding here.
  • First, online learning needs to be truly borderless and effortless.
  • But almost immediately it becomes aware of a natural and effortless and hitherto untested competence.
  • In short, the truth is automatic and effortless, and lying is the opposite of that.
  • As a rule, these choices are fast, unreflective and effortless.
  • We take our sight for granted because it usually seems so effortless.
  • It's akin to a hundred tennis players serving a ball to you and you return everyone with with a quick effortless ease.
British Dictionary definitions for effortless


requiring or involving little effort; easy
(archaic) making little effort; passive
Derived Forms
effortlessly, adverb
effortlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for effortless

1801, "passive," from effort + -less. Meaning "easy" is from 1831. Related: Effortlessly; effortlessness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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