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  1. adv. with ease (`easy' is sometimes used informally for `easily'); "she was easily excited"; "was easily confused"; "he won easily"; "this china breaks very easily"; "success came too easy" [syn: easily]

  2. without speed (`slow' is sometimes used informally for `slowly'); "he spoke slowly"; "go easy here--the road is slippery"; "glaciers move tardily"; "please go slow so I can see the sights" [syn: slowly, slow, tardily] [ant: quickly]

  3. in a relaxed manner; or without hardship; "just wanted to take it easy" (`soft' is nonstandard) [syn: soft]

  4. [also: easied, easiest, easier]

  1. adj. posing no difficulty; requiring little effort; "an easy job"; "an easy problem"; "an easy victory"; "the house is easy to heat"; "satisfied with easy answers"; "took the easy way out of his dilemma" [ant: difficult]

  2. not hurried or forced; "an easy walk around the block"; "at a leisurely (or easygoing) pace" [syn: easygoing, leisurely]

  3. free from worry or anxiety; "knowing that I had done my best, my mind was easy"; "an easy good-natured manner"; "by the time the child faced the actual problem of reading she was familiar and at ease with all the elements words" [syn: at ease] [ant: uneasy]

  4. affording pleasure; "easy good looks"

  5. having little impact; "an easy pat on the shoulder"; "gentle rain"; "a gentle breeze"; "a soft (or light) tapping at the window" [syn: gentle, soft]

  6. in fortunate circumstances financially; moderately rich; "they were comfortable or even wealthy by some standards"; "easy living"; "a prosperous family"; "his family is well-situated financially"; "well-to-do members of the community" [syn: comfortable, prosperous, well-fixed, well-heeled, well-off, well-situated, well-to-do]

  7. not harsh; causing little distress; "an easy penalty"

  8. readily exploited or tricked; "an easy mark"; "an easy victim"

  9. marked by moderate steepness; "an easy climb"; "a gentle slope" [syn: gentle]

  10. performing adroitly and without effort; "her easy grace"; "a facile hand" [syn: facile]

  11. not strict; "an easy teacher"; "easy standards"; "lenient rules" [syn: lenient]

  12. affording comfort; "soft light that was easy on the eyes"

  13. casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior; "her easy virtue"; "he was told to avoid loose (or light) women"; "wanton behavior" [syn: light, loose, promiscuous, sluttish, wanton]

  14. less in demand and therefore readily obtainable; "commodities are easy this quarter"

  15. plentiful and therefore at low interest rates; easy to come by; "easy money"

  16. [also: easied, easiest, easier]


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