ef·​fort·​less | \ ˈe-fərt-ləs How to pronounce effortless (audio) \

Definition of effortless

: showing or requiring little or no effort effortless power

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Other Words from effortless

effortlessly adverb
effortlessness noun

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easy, facile, simple, light, effortless, smooth mean not demanding effort or involving difficulty. easy is applicable either to persons or things imposing tasks or to activity required by such tasks. an easy college course facile often adds to easy the connotation of undue haste or shallowness. facile answers to complex questions simple stresses ease in understanding or dealing with because complication is absent. a simple problem in arithmetic light stresses freedom from what is burdensome. a light teaching load effortless stresses the appearance of ease and usually implies the prior attainment of artistry or expertness. moving with effortless grace smooth stresses the absence or removal of all difficulties, hardships, or obstacles. a smooth ride

Examples of effortless in a Sentence

She walked with effortless grace. His writing is known for its seemingly effortless style.

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In fact, the look recalls those very photos of Paltrow and Moss appearing so effortless in their ankle-grazing skirts. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Let Us Reconsider the Long Skirt," 21 Dec. 2018 The grip is ample, but direction changes are effortless—just a twitch of the wrists away. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The GTC4Lusso T is a Ferrari you really could drive every day," 23 July 2018 The pop star is rarely seen without her updo, and the style looks seemingly effortless. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Told Camila Cabello That Her Ponytail Is Painful," 5 Nov. 2018 Case in point: Blake Lively's breezy plait, fit for a steamy afternoon in Manhattan and Josephine Skriver's sporty pig tails on holiday—both of which will fight static and look effortless tucked into the collar of a coat next month. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The 7 Beauty Trends That Ruled Summer—And How To Take Them Into Fall," 29 Aug. 2018 With that precept in mind, every corner of the office was designed with a meticulous eye and a deep intentionality, that still felt effortless and organic. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "An Exclusive Look Inside Shay Mitchell’s Stunning Office Remodel," 4 Sep. 2018 In order to make the look effortless, Bobby shares two main tips: 1) Keep the design of the chairs similar. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Bobby Berk Wants You To Mix And Match Your Dining Room Chairs—Here’s How," 10 Jan. 2019 Perhaps even more impressive is his ability to do it with effortless ease. Aric Jenkins, Time, "Olympic Skier Casually Turns an Escalator Ride Into a Hilarious Viral Stunt," 13 Feb. 2018 What looks effortless for most people isn't natural for me. Cortney Pellettieri, Good Housekeeping, ""It's Time for a Change"," 4 Sep. 2012

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1801, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of effortless

: showing or needing little or no effort : appearing very easy


ef·​fort·​less | \ ˈe-fərt-ləs How to pronounce effortless (audio) \

Kids Definition of effortless

: showing or needing little or no effort She made an effortless catch.

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effortlessly adverb danced effortlessly

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