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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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  • With effortless ease, she swung her hips for the sharp turns between the trees.

    The Cry at Midnight Mildred A. Wirt
  • Its nose was to the trail, and it trotted with a peculiar, sliding, effortless gait.

    White Fang Jack London
  • With effortless ease he stooped and swung her up on one arm, seating her upon the bare table before the window.

    Once to Every Man Larry Evans
  • She came steadily forward with a queenly, effortless stride.

    The Martian Cabal Roman Frederick Starzl
  • Cheyenne stepped up and swung to the saddle with the effortless ease of the old hand.

    Partners of Chance Henry Herbert Knibbs
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.

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