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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
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