Definitions for facileˈfæs ɪl; esp. Brit. -aɪl

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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.]

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