Things that happen easily don't require a lot of effort. When your old car starts easily on a very cold morning, you'll breathe a sigh of relief.

While you can only climb a mountain with difficulty, you can probably climb the stairs in your house easily. You can also use this adverb to mean something closer to "quickly," as when you describe your puppy as easily distracted with treats or yourself as easily bored by long books. The Old French root of easily is aisie, "comfortable" or "at ease."

Definitions of easily
  1. adverb
    with ease (`easy' is sometimes used informally for `easily')
    “she was easily excited”
    “was easily confused”
    “he won easily
    “this china breaks very easily
    synonyms: easy
  2. adverb
    without question
    easily the best book she's written”
  3. adverb
    indicating high probability; in all likelihood
    “a mistake that could easily have ended in disaster”
    synonyms: well
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