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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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  • effortlessly he stooped and lifted that limp body and carried it across to the stool.

    Once to Every Man Larry Evans
  • effortlessly he leaped over them toward the mouth of the cave on the left.

    The Beast of Space F.E. Hardart
  • Their faces shone with the affection she had effortlessly awakened.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • Penny handled the Icicle effortlessly and without much thought.

    Ghost Beyond the Gate Mildred A. Wirt
  • They floated noiselessly, effortlessly, on a beautiful sea of color.

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    Hamlin Garland
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.

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