Definition of facile
1a (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. Eliotb : used or comprehended with easec : readily manifested and often lacking sincerity or depth facile tears
2 archaic : mild or pleasing in manner or disposition
facilelyplay \ˈfa-sə(l)-lē\ adverb
facilenessplay \ˈfa-səl-nəs\ noun
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Examples of facile in a Sentence
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
Melville shrank from atheism, and from all facile theisms. —John Updike, Hugging the Shore, (1983) 1984
… I saw that my old enemy was dead, Amy [Lowell], noble Amy. How I despised myself then for my facile self-pity and for my failure to die—how she seemed to have worsted me once again. —Conrad Aiken, 14 May 1925, in Selected Letters of Conrad Aiken, 1978
This problem needs more than just a facile solution.
He is a wonderfully facile writer.
Recent Examples of facile from the Web
But to treat issues such as affirmative action, cultural appropriation, and the like in the same way is blinkered and facile.
As Drezner notes, some of the marquee names in thought leadership are distinguished by their facile thinking and transparent servility to the wealthy.
But just as subjection is complicated here, any facile notion of female agency, that appealing analgesic applied in college women’s studies classes, is also exploded in these pages.
Lister-Jones side-steps facile developments (don’t count on a record-contract bail-out) and stays doggedly within the reality of a shaky marriage in a way that is both admirable and taxing.
Still, if Martin’s take on grief is facile, the movie overall is a pleasant trip, and Dean’s doodles — by Martin himself — are a treat.
Although Hitchcock dwells rather long and lovingly on some portions of the material, his facile directorial paint-brush, plus the intriguing backgrounds and interesting characters, combine to hold audience interest keyed up at all times.
Still, if Mr. Martin’s take on grief is facile, the movie overall is a pleasant trip, and Dean’s doodles — by Mr. Martin himself —
Which makes the normal injunction that FBI directors not interfere in elections facile and impossible to follow.
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Did You Know?
Would you have guessed that "facile" and "difficult" are related? They are! "Facile" comes to us through Middle French, from the Latin word facilis, meaning "easy, and ultimately from facere, meaning "to make or do." "Difficult" traces to "facilis" as well, but its history also involves the negative prefix dis-, meaning "not." "Facile" can mean "easy" or "easily done," as befits its Latin roots, but it now often adds the connotation of undue haste or shallowness, as in "facile answers to complex questions."
Synonym Discussion of facile
FACILE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of facile for English Language Learners
: 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
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