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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
First recorded in 1795-1805; effort + -less
Related forms
effortlessly, adverb
effortlessness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for effortless
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  • Its nose was to the trail, and it trotted with a peculiar, sliding, effortless gait.

    White Fang Jack London
  • She came steadily forward with a queenly, effortless stride.

    The Martian Cabal Roman Frederick Starzl
  • What are the health habits that should become instinctive and effortless for every worker?

    Civics and Health William H. Allen
  • And at first there came on her an incredible, effortless dexterity.

    The Creators

    May Sinclair
  • And where does he get the easy and effortless flow of his speech?

    What Is Man? And Other Stories Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
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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