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[peyn-lis] /ˈpeɪn lɪs/
without pain; causing little or no pain:
painless dentistry; a painless cure.
Informal. not difficult; requiring little or no hard work or exertion.
Origin of painless
1560-70; pain + -less
Related forms
painlessly, adverb
painlessness, noun Unabridged
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  • In the first, the arch returns when standing on one's toes and is typically painless and symptom-free, requiring no treatment.
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British Dictionary definitions for painless


not causing pain or distress
not affected by pain
Derived Forms
painlessly, adverb
painlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for painless

1560s, from pain (n.) + -less. Related: Painlessly; painlessness.

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