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  1. without pain; causing little or no pain: painless dentistry; a painless cure.
  2. Informal. not difficult; requiring little or no hard work or exertion.
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Origin of painless

First recorded in 1560–70; pain + -less
Related formspain·less·ly, adverbpain·less·ness, noun
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  1. not causing pain or distress
  2. not affected by pain
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Derived Formspainlessly, adverbpainlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for painless


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

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