Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being easy; the act of imparting or the state of enjoying ease; restfulness: as, the easiness of a vehicle; the easiness of a seat.
  • noun Freedom from difficulty; ease of performance or accomplishment: as, the easiness of an undertaking.
  • noun Flexibility; readiness to comply; prompt compliance; a yielding or disposition to yield without opposition or reluctance: as, easiness of temper.
  • noun Freedom from stiffness, constraint, effort, or formality: applied to manners or style.
  • noun Synonyms Facility, etc. See ease.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The state or condition of being easy; freedom from distress; rest.
  • noun Freedom from difficulty; ease.
  • noun Freedom from emotion; compliance; disposition to yield without opposition; unconcernedness.
  • noun Freedom from effort, constraint, or formality; -- said of style, manner, etc.
  • noun Freedom from jolting, jerking, or straining.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The quality of being easy; simplicity
  • noun A feeling of being at ease, feeling relaxed and untroubled.

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

  • noun freedom from difficulty or hardship or effort
  • noun the quality of being easy in behavior or style
  • noun a feeling of refreshing tranquility and an absence of tension or worry

Etymologies

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easy +‎ -ness

Examples

  • For Eloquence is scarcely the Lot of one or two Men; nay, if we may believe Marc Antony, of none: But that which Candidus calls easiness of Speaking, is the Talent of many, and chiefly of the most assur'd.

    Pliny's Epistles in Ten Books: Volume 1, Books 1-6

  • The problem, I think, lies in the deceptive "easiness" of thyroid treatment.

    'Roid Rage: Thyroid is a Key Player in Fertility

  • What kind of easiness that is, they may best judge that understand how easy men are that can murder people to prevent danger.

    Moll Flanders

  • She will find in this process 'a kind of easiness/To the next abstinence; the next more easy '.

    Shakespeare

  • What kind of easiness that is, they may best judge that understand how easy men are that can murder people to prevent danger.

    The Fortunes And Misfortunes Of The Famous Moll Flanders

  • He was slim and vigorous, with a kind of easiness even in his most hasty movements.

    Sons and Lovers

  • He was slim and vigorous, with a kind of easiness even in his most hasty movements.

    Sons and Lovers

  • I dare to think also that we may attribute to this dread of 'easiness' their practice of cumbering simple texts with philological notes; on which, rather than on the text, we unhappy students were carefully examined.

    On The Art of Reading

  • He glided down the first twenty yards of the hill in a manner which recalled the impression of 'easiness' which Tom's skill had aroused.

    Chatterbox, 1906

  • She did it with that easiness which is peculiar to women of sense; and to keep up the good humour she had brought in with her, turned her raillery upon me.

    Isaac Bickerstaff, physician and astrologer

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