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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 effortlessly
  • Some teachers seem to accomplish that effortlessly, but the rest of us have to work at it.
  • The author was every bit as decadent as his character-he was simply, effortlessly, better at it.
  • Plummer, who is turning eighty himself, effortlessly suggests largeness of spirit even in foolish old age.
  • His virtuosity is on full display here-the band moves effortlessly from dirges to rave-ups to power ballads.
  • But royals sort of get there effortlessly, by accident of birth.
  • Blind mole rats seem to navigate effortlessly through their complex underground burrows even though they cannot see.
  • But the brain has evolved over millions of years to do this automatically and almost effortlessly.
  • It was pretty cool how effortlessly he interacted with those kids.
  • To be allowed to share the same space with this animal as it effortlessly moves through its watery world is a humbling experience.
  • Always, and without exception, they struck me as effortlessly mature.
British Dictionary definitions for effortlessly


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 effortlessly



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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