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effortless

[ef-ert-lis] /ˈɛf ərt lɪs/
adjective
1.
requiring or involving no effort; displaying no signs of effort; easy:
an effortless writing style.
Origin of effortless
1795-1805
First recorded in 1795-1805; effort + -less
Related forms
effortlessly, adverb
effortlessness, noun
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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.

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    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

effortless

/ˈɛfətlɪs/
adjective
1.
requiring or involving little effort; easy
2.
(archaic) making little effort; passive
Derived Forms
effortlessly, adverb
effortlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for effortless
adj.

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

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