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1. at ease; free from pain, trouble, or constraint; as: free from pain, distress, toil, exertion, and the like; quiet; as, the patient is easy. Free from care, responsibility, discontent, and the like; not anxious; tranquil; as, an easy mind. Free from constraint, harshness, or formality; unconstrained; smooth; as, easy manners; an easy style. The easy vigor of a line.

2. Not causing, or attended with, pain or disquiet, or much exertion; affording ease or rest; as, an easy carriage; a ship having an easy motion; easy movements, as in dancing. Easy ways to die.

3. Not difficult; requiring little labour or effort; slight; inconsiderable; as, an easy task; an easy victory. It were an easy leap. (Shak)

4. Causing ease; giving freedom from care or labour; furnishing comfort; commodious; as, easy circumstances; an easy chair or cushion.

5. Not making resistance or showing unwillingness; tractable; yielding; complying; ready. He gained their easy hearts. (Dryden) He is too tyrannical to be an easy monarch. (Sir W. Scott)

6. Moderate; sparing; frugal.

7. Not straitened as to money matters; as, the market is easy; opposed to tight. Honors are easy, said when each side has an equal number of honors, in which case they are not counted as points.

Synonym: quiet, comfortable, manageable, tranquil, calm, facile, unconcerned.

Origin: OF. Aisie, f. Aise, prop. P. P. Of OF. Aisier. See Ease.


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