ef·​fort·​less ˈe-fərt-ləs How to pronounce effortless (audio)
: showing or requiring little or no effort
effortless power
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

Example Sentences

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

First Known Use

1801, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of effortless was in 1801

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“Effortless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/effortless. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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ef·​fort·​less ˈef-ərt-ləs How to pronounce effortless (audio)
: showing or requiring little or no effort : easy
effortlessly adverb
effortlessness noun

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