easy

\ \ [12] Easy comes via Anglo-Norman aise from Old French aisie, the past participle of aisierput at ease’, which in turn was a derivative of aise. This noun (source of English ease [13]) originally meant ‘convenience’ rather than ‘comfort’. It came from *adjaces, the Vulgar Latin descendant of Latin adjacēnsnearby’ (source of English adjacent and related to adjective), which was the present participle of the verb adjacērelie near’. The progression of senses is thus ‘nearby’, ‘handy’, ‘convenient’, and eventually ‘comfortable’. The subsequent development to ‘not difficult’, which took place in the 14th century, is purely English, although Breton took the parallel step of borrowing French aise, as aes, to mean ‘not difficult’.
\ \ Cf.ADJACENT, ADJECTIVE

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