Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

Thesaurus

facile

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of facile

  1. 1 having or showing a lack of depth of understanding or character <the movie takes a facile look at what happens when teens enter into serious romantic relationships> Synonyms superficial, one-dimensional, shallow, skin-deepRelated Words cursory, hasty, oversimple, passing, sketchy; aimless, desultory, haphazard, hit-or-miss, random; limited, narrow, restrictedNear Antonyms discerning, penetrant, penetrating; definitive, hard; broad, complete, comprehensive, exhaustive, extensive, far-reaching, wide; general, global, inclusive; detailed, in-depth; criticalAntonyms deep, profound

  2. 2 involving minimal difficulty or effort <a few early facile victories misled the country into thinking that the war would be short and relatively painless> Synonyms cheap, downhill, effortless, easy, fluent, fluid, hands-down, light, painless, ready, royal, simple, smooth, snap, softRelated Words idiotproof, mindless, quick, straightforward, unchallenging, uncomplicated; apparent, clear, clear-cut, distinct, evident, manifest, obvious, open-and-shut, palpable, patent, perspicuous, plain, transparent, unambiguous, unequivocal, unmistakableNear Antonyms burdensome, exhausting, onerous, oppressive, painful, stressful, taxing, troublesome; abstruse, complex, complicated, intricate, involved, knotty, problematic (also problematical), reconditeAntonyms arduous, demanding, difficult, exacting, formidable, grueling (or gruelling), hard, herculean, killer, labored, laborious, murderous, rough, severe, stiff, strenuous, toilful, toilsome, tough




Learn More about facile


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up facile? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to proceed clumsily or ineffectually

Get Word of the Day daily email!