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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Charles de LEUSSE:

    Easy to break mirror; less easy to see oneself. (Facile de casser le miroir; - Moins facile de s’y voir.)

  2. Steve Herz:

    Countries that don't want an outcome can no longer make a facile argument that they will just lose market share to China.

  3. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    La route du succès ne est jamais aussi facile à naviguer. Conduisez avec passion et compassion, et vous aurez sûrement plus vite à obtenir.

  4. Chris Cillizza:

    It’s facile. It shows an actual lack of understanding of reality tv( ca n’t believe I ’m typing that). It’s mediocre. It’s a time when viewers need to understand what’s going on at the highest levels of [ government ].

  5. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    il est très facile de parler pour parler. Beaucoup de gens parlent même de la marche, mais seulement quelques-uns la marche à pied. l'action parle toujours plus fort et plus clair que de simples mots. exercer devant vous prêchez, et créer des exemples de vie solides pour d'autres à suivre - par vos actions remarquables au lieu de citations impressionnantes et philosophies prédication. Bonne chance!

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