Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Free from complication or pain: a painless operation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Free from pain; without pain or trouble.
  • adj. Not difficult; easy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Free from pain; without pain.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Free from pain; not attended with pain: as, a painless surgical operation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not causing physical or psychological pain
  • adj. requiring little hard work or exertion

Etymologies

pain +‎ -less (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It is also quite a handy trait to have because it makes starting up again quick and painless (well, mostly painless… the volcano is a bit sensitive after it erupts).

    drbigbeef Diary Entry

  • The word "painless" is important: the idea of euthanasia began gaining ground in modern times not because of new technologies for agonizingly prolonging life but because of the discovery of new drugs, such as morphine and various anesthetics for the relief of pain, that could also painlessly induce death.

    Whose Right to Die?

  • In our example, putting custom configuration into the/etc/apache2/conf. d directory results in painless upgrade and fully operational apache after upgrade.

    Ubuntu-server insight - custom configurations

  • Ending a patient's life by injection, with the added solace that it will be quick and painless, is much easier than this constant physical and emotional care.

    Whose Right to Die?

  • But solving our problems through immigration or other so-called painless fixes does just that: It continues the con.

    Broke

  • My daughter-in-law had this done a few months ago, and said it was a relatively there's the key word painless procedure, and very easy to go through.

    Considering the Uterus

  • And, circumcision without local anesthesia being one of these so called painless procedures.

    Yet another new Terri Schiavo thread

  • The illness was swift and relatively painless, which is a very real blessing.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • It sears as it cuts, prevents the loss of blood, and is absolutely painless, which is the most astonishing thing about it.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 458, October 11, 1884

  • This new piety longed for health and purity of soul, and elevation above earthly things, and in connection with these a divine, that is, a painless and eternal life beyond the grave ( "renatus in æternum taurobolio").

    History of Dogma, Volume 1 (of 7)

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