easement

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From Old French aisement.

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easement (plural easements)

  1. (archaic) Relief, easing.
    • 1666, John Bunyan, Grace Abounding to Chief of Sinners:
      This therefore was a great easement to my mind, to wit, that my sin was pardonable,...
    • 1795, Edmund Burke, Letter To A Noble Lord:
      In a more confined application, I certainly stand in need of every kind of relief and easement much more than he does.
  2. (archaic, euphemistic) The act of relieving oneself: defecating or urinating
  3. (architecture) A curved member instead of an abrupt change of direction, as in a baseboard, handrail, etc.

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