pain·​less ˈpān-ləs How to pronounce painless (audio)
: not causing or accompanied by physical pain : not painful
a painless skin growth
painless medical procedures
… the medical exam may include an electrocardiogram, or EKG. This noninvasive test is a painless procedure that measures your heart's activity.Sarah Shelton
The relatively painless injections are intended to provide temporary relief for arthritic pain and stiffness.Larry Katzenstein
: not difficult : not causing or involving complications or emotional distress
There's an easy way to apply for federal aid in the form of grants and student loans: Just fill out the FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It's a fairly painless process, and you can even do it online.Maurie Backman
a quick and painless solution
painlessly adverb
painlessness noun

Examples of painless in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Capturing existing credentials, generating new passwords, and saving our new logins was also painless. PCMAG, 6 Feb. 2024 Payouts are fast and painless, though, as with most poker sites, crypto is significantly faster. Sponsored Content, The Mercury News, 13 Jan. 2024 But assuming the 2% goal remains, wringing the last percentage point from overall inflation will not be easy or painless. Tom Saler, Journal Sentinel, 11 Jan. 2024 The Fed sees a reduction in job openings as a painless way — compared with layoffs — to reduce pressure on companies to raise wages to attract and keep workers, which can lead to higher prices. Paul Wiseman, Fortune, 3 Jan. 2024 The prompt and painless success in tamping down the post-Pandemic inflationary wave would seem to confirm the optimistic view. George Calhoun, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 In rare move, Supreme Court halts Oklahoma execution However, medical and legal experts told ABC News that nitrogen gas as a method for execution is untested and there's no evidence the method will be any more humane or painless than lethal injection. Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 24 Jan. 2024 Compared with outright layoffs, a decline in job openings is a relatively painless way for that to happen. Paul Wiseman, Fortune, 3 Jan. 2024 With the right tax-prep software, filing federal and state returns can be, if not painless, at least hassle-free. Martha C. White,, 29 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of painless was in 1534

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“Painless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


pain·​less ˈpān-ləs How to pronounce painless (audio)
: not experiencing pain
: not causing pain : not accompanied by pain : not painful
painless surgery
painlessly adverb

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