ETYM Old Eng. ese, eise, French aise; akin to Pr. ais, aise, OIt. asio, Italian agio; of uncertain origin; cf. Latin ansa handle, occasion, opportunity. Related to Agio, Disease.
1. Freedom from difficulty or hardship or effort; SYN. easiness, simplicity.
2. Freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility); SYN. rest, repose, relaxation.
3. Freedom from constraint or embarrassment; SYN. informality.
4. A freedom from financial difficulty that promotes a comfortable state; SYN. comfort.