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fac·ile

 (făs′əl)
adj.
1.
a. Done or achieved with little effort or difficulty; easy: a facile victory.
b. Working, acting, or done with ease and fluency: a facile writer; facile prose. See Synonyms at easy.
2. Arrived at or presented without due care, effort, or examination; superficial: We don't need another facile solution to a complex problem.
3. Archaic Pleasingly mild, as in disposition or manner.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin facilis; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.]

fac′ile·ly adv.
fac′ile·ness n.

facile

(ˈfæsaɪl)
adj
1. easy to perform or achieve
2. working or moving easily or smoothly
3. without depth; superficial: a facile solution.
4. archaic relaxed in manner; easygoing
[C15: from Latin facilis easy, from facere to do]
ˈfacilely adv
ˈfacileness n

fac•ile

(ˈfæs ɪl; esp. Brit. -aɪl)

adj.
1. quick in comprehension or action: a facile mind.
2. superficial; shallow: a facile answer to a hard question.
3. easily accomplished or attained: a facile performance.
4. fluent; effortless: a facile writing style.
5. Archaic. easy or unconstrained, as manners or persons.
[1475–85; < Latin facilis easy =fac(ere) to make, do1 + -ilis -ile1]
fac′ile•ly, adv.
fac′ile•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.facile - arrived at without due care or effort; lacking depth; "too facile a solution for so complex a problem"
superficial - concerned with or comprehending only what is apparent or obvious; not deep or penetrating emotionally or intellectually; "superficial similarities"; "a superficial mind"; "his thinking was superficial and fuzzy"; "superficial knowledge"; "the superficial report didn't give the true picture"; "only superficial differences"
2.facile - performing adroitly and without effort; "a facile hand"
effortless - requiring or apparently requiring no effort; "the swallows glided in an effortless way through the busy air"
3.facile - expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively; "able to dazzle with his facile tongue"; "silver speech"
articulate - expressing yourself easily or characterized by clear expressive language; "articulate speech"; "an articulate orator"; "articulate beings"

facile

adjective
1. superficial, shallow, slick, glib, hasty, cursory I hated him making facile suggestions when I knew the problem was extremely complex.

facile

adjective
1. Posing no difficulty:
Informal: snap.
2. Moving or performing quickly, lightly, and easily:
3. Characterized by ready but often insincere or superficial discourse:
4. Exhibiting or possessing skill and ease in performance:
Translations

facile

[ˈfæsaɪl] ADJ [remark, expression] → superficial; [writer] → vulgar; [victory] → fácil

facile

[ˈfæsaɪl] adj [explanation, suggestion, solution] → simpliste

facile

adj (pej) person, mind, work of artoberflächlich; optimismblind; tasksimpel; questionvordergründig; comparison, answerbillig; solutionbillig, simpel; remarknichtssagend; styleflüssig; it is facile to suggest that…es lässt sich natürlich leicht sagen, dass …

facile

[ˈfæsaɪl] adj (gen) (pej) (remark, answer) → superficiale; (victory) → facile
References in classic literature ?
This facile adaptation was at once the symptom of perfect health and its best preservative.
There is no other way of accounting for their facile docility.
It is one of my faults, that though my tongue is sometimes prompt enough at an answer, there are times when it sadly fails me in framing an excuse; and always the lapse occurs at some crisis, when a facile word or plausible pretext is specially wanted to get me out of painful embarrassment.
He invented a facile excuse, and having taken the vacant seat next to her, looked round to see who was there.
When he has penetrated into hostile territory, but to no great distance, it is facile ground.
Facile natures, whose emotions have little permanence, can hardly understand how much inward resistance he overcame before he rose from his seat and turned towards Arthur.
Dictez-nous quelquechose de facile pour commencer, monsieur.
Then uprose smooth-tongued Nestor, the facile speaker of the Pylians, and the words fell from his lips sweeter than honey.
Let us remember the tragedy of Azzolati the ruthless, the ridiculous financier with a criminal soul (or shall we say heart) and facile tears.
It is true, that if the affection or aptness of the children be extraordinary, then it is good not to cross it; but generally the precept is good, optimum elige, suave et facile illud faciet consuetudo.
Distinction does not consist in the facile use of a contemptible set of conventions, but in being numbered among those who are true, and honest, and just, and pure, and lovely, and of good report--as you are, my Tess.
In a moment Dirk was on his knees beside her, with his arms round her, kissing her, calling her all sorts of pet names, and the facile tears ran down his own cheeks.