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1‘Wilf's task was very easy’
uncomplicated, not difficult, undemanding, unexacting, unchallenging, effortless, painless, trouble-free, facile, simple, straightforward, elementary, idiot-proof, plain sailing
informal easy-peasy, easy as pie, as easy as falling off a log, as easy as ABC, a piece of cake, child's play, kids' stuff, a cinch, no sweat, a doddle, a breeze, a pushover, money for old rope, money for jam
North American informal duck soup, a snap
Australian NZ informal a bludge
South African informal a piece of old tackle
British vulgar slang a piece of piss
dated a snip
2‘some parents have easy babies and amenable children’
docile, manageable, amenable, biddable, tractable, compliant, pliant, yielding, acquiescent, accommodating, obliging, cooperative, easy-going, flexible
3‘the thug thought he had picked an easy target’
vulnerable, susceptible, exploitable, defenceless, naive, gullible, trusting, credulous, impressionable
4‘Vic's easy manner made everyone feel at home’
natural, casual, informal, unceremonious, unreserved, uninhibited, unconstrained, unforced, unaffected, free and easy, easy-going, familiar, amiable, affable, genial, congenial, agreeable, good-humoured
carefree, nonchalant, unconcerned, composed, insouciant, urbane, suave
informal laid-back, unflappable, together
5‘they are hoping for an easy life’
calm, tranquil, serene, quiet, peaceful, trouble-free, untroubled, undisturbed, unworried, contented, relaxed, comfortable, secure, safe
6‘the walkers set off at an easy pace’
leisurely, leisured, unhurried, unrushed, comfortable, unexacting, undemanding, easy-going, gentle, sedate, moderate, steady, regular, even
7‘she had a reputation at school for being easy’
promiscuous, sexually indiscriminate, free with one's favours, of easy virtue, unchaste, loose, wanton, abandoned, licentious, dissolute, dissipated, debauched
informal swinging, sluttish, whorish, tarty, slaggy
North American informal roundheeled
West Indian informal slack
archaic, informal light
informal, rare concupiscent, riggish
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