What does facile mean?

Definitions for facileˈfæs ɪl; esp. Brit. -aɪl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word facile.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. facile(adj)

    arrived at without due care or effort; lacking depth

    "too facile a solution for so complex a problem"

  2. facile(adj)

    performing adroitly and without effort

    "a facile hand"

  3. eloquent, facile, fluent, silver, silver-tongued, smooth-spoken(adj)

    expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively

    "able to dazzle with his facile tongue"; "silver speech"


  1. facile(Adjective)

    Easy, now especially in a disparaging sense; contemptibly easy.

  2. facile(Adjective)

    Amiable, flexible, easy to get along with.

    His facile disposition made him many friends.

  3. facile(Adjective)

    Effortless, fluent (of work, abilities etc.).

  4. facile(Adjective)

    Lazy, simplistic (especially of explanations, discussions etc.).

  5. facile(Adjective)

    Of a reaction or other process, taking place readily.

    Decarboxylation of beta-keto acids is facile...

  6. Origin: From facile, from facilis, from .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Facile(adj)

    easy to be done or performed: not difficult; performable or attainable with little labor

  2. Facile(adj)

    easy to be surmounted or removed; easily conquerable; readily mastered

  3. Facile(adj)

    easy of access or converse; mild; courteous; not haughty, austere, or distant; affable; complaisant

  4. Facile(adj)

    easily persuaded to good or bad; yielding; ductile to a fault; pliant; flexible

  5. Facile(adj)

    ready; quick; expert; as, he is facile in expedients; he wields a facile pen

  6. Origin: [L. facilis, prop., capable of being done or made, hence, facile, easy, fr. facere to make, do: cf. F. facile. Srr Fact, and cf. Faculty.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Facile

    fas′il, adj. easily persuaded: affable: yielding: easy of access or accomplishment: courteous: easy.—n. Fac′ileness.—v.t. Facil′itāte, to make easy: to lessen difficulty.—ns. Facilitā′tion; Facil′ity, quality of being facile; dexterity: easiness to be persuaded: pliancy: easiness of access: affability: (Scots law) a condition of mental weakness short of idiocy, but such as makes a person easily persuaded to do deeds to his own prejudice:—pl. Facil′ities, means that render anything easily done. [Fr.,—L. facilis, easy—facĕre, to do.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of facile in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of facile in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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