no-brain·​er ˈnō-ˈbrā-nər How to pronounce no-brainer (audio)
: something that requires a minimum of thought

Examples of no-brainer in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1959, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of no-brainer was in 1959

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“No-brainer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

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