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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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  • Very young—but austere, dignified, and strange, genuinely and effortlessly strange.

    Christmas Roses and Other Stories Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • effortlessly he leaped over them toward the mouth of the cave on the left.

    The Beast of Space F.E. Hardart
  • effortlessly he stooped and lifted that limp body and carried it across to the stool.

    Once to Every Man Larry Evans
  • Penny handled the Icicle effortlessly and without much thought.

    Ghost Beyond the Gate Mildred A. Wirt
  • She came off the floor easily, dimly aware that someone carried her hundred and thirty pounds effortlessly.

    Voyage To Eternity Milton Lesser
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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