American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- adj. arrived at without due care or effort; lacking depth
- adj. performing adroitly and without effort
- adj. expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively
- From Middle French facile, from Latin facilis ("easy to do, easy, literally doable"), from facere ("to do, make"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin facilis; see dhē- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Leisure time is being stolen from us, language is degraded and commercialized in facile ways, and anything made for “serious human ends” is rendered irrelevant.”
“Even as they immerse themselves in facile debates about the Boy King's "A-list", it could have a material effect on their electoral prospects.”
“Brissot became known as a facile and able writer, and was engaged on the”
“The learned and ingenious John Schweighaeuser (a name facile to spell and mellifluous to pronounce) hath been pleased, in that Appendix continens particulam doctrinae de mente humana, which closeth the volume of his "Opuscula Academica," to observe (we translate from memory) that,”
“The learned and ingenious John Schweighaeuser (a name facile to spell and mellifluous to pronounce) hath been pleased, in that _Appendix continens particulam doctrinae de mente humana_, which closeth the volume of his”
“I’m torn between not wanting to speak ill of a fellow Guinness drinker and pointing out how utterly facile is your view of the connection between lobbyists and government.”
“Il se fait que le mot “écu” désignait les pièces d'or ou d'argent qui commencèrent à être utilisées sous le règne de Louis IX, en 1266, de sorte qu'il s'agissait d'une appellation facile à retenir pour les Français, lorsque ceux-ci apprirent qu'ils devraient renoncer à leur cher franc français.”
“So that class of women known as facile is unknown to me, or if I allow myself to be taken with them, it is without knowing it, and through innate simplicity.”
“He has what is called a facile pen, though it sometimes runs away with him.”
“Arrived in Cincinnati, where he got employment in the Western Union commercial telegraph department at a wage of $60 per month, Edison made the acquaintance of Milton F. Adams, already referred to as facile princeps the typical telegrapher in all his more sociable and brilliant aspects.”
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