from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Done or achieved with little effort or difficulty; easy. See Synonyms at easy.
- adj. Working, acting, or speaking with effortless ease and fluency.
- adj. Arrived at without due care, effort, or examination; superficial: proposed a facile solution to a complex problem.
- adj. Readily manifested, together with an aura of insincerity and lack of depth: a facile slogan devised by politicians.
- adj. Archaic Pleasingly mild, as in disposition or manner.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of a reaction or other process, taking place readily.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Easy to be done or performed: not difficult; performable or attainable with little labor.
- adj. Easy to be surmounted or removed; easily conquerable; readily mastered.
- adj. Easy of access or converse; mild; courteous; not haughty, austere, or distant; affable; complaisant.
- adj. Easily persuaded to good or bad; yielding; ductile to a fault; pliant; flexible.
- adj. Ready; quick; expert
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Easy to be done, performed, or used; easy; not difficult.
- Easy to be moved, removed, surmounted, or overcome.
- Easy of access or converse; affable; not haughty, austere, or reserved.
- Easily moved or persuaded to good or bad; pliable; flexible; yielding.
- Ready; quick; dexterous: as, a facile artisan or artist; he wields a facile pen.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. arrived at without due care or effort; lacking depth
- adj. performing adroitly and without effort
- adj. expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin facilis; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French facile, from Latin facilis ("easy to do, easy, literally doable"), from facere ("to do, make"). (Wiktionary)