adjective fac·ile \ˈfa-səl\

: too simple : not showing enough thought or effort

: done or achieved in a way that is too easy

: working, moving, or performing well and very easily

Full Definition of FACILE

a (1) :  easily accomplished or attained <a facile victory> (2) :  shallow, simplistic <I am not concerned … with offering any facile solution for so complex a problem — T. S. Eliot>
b :  used or comprehended with ease
c :  readily manifested and often lacking sincerity or depth <facile tears>
archaic :  mild or pleasing in manner or disposition
a :  ready, fluent <facile prose>
b :  poised, assured
fac·ile·ly \-sə(l)-lē\ adverb
fac·ile·ness \-səl-nəs\ noun

Examples of FACILE

  1. This problem needs more than just a facile solution.
  2. He is a wonderfully facile writer.
  3. But in the less palmy days of their marriage and the final years of his life, Lennon produced (with Yoko's help) shallow, facile recordings that cannibalized his early work. —Francine Prose, The Lives of the Muses, 2002

Origin of FACILE

Middle French, from Latin facilis, from facere to do — more at do
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with FACILE


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