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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 of facile superficial, one-dimensional, shallow, skin-deepWords Related to facile cursory, hasty, oversimple, passing, sketchy; aimless, desultory, haphazard, hit-or-miss, random; limited, narrow, restrictedNear Antonyms of facile discerning, penetrant, penetrating; definitive, hard; broad, complete, comprehensive, exhaustive, extensive, far-reaching, wide; general, global, inclusive; detailed, in-depth; criticalAntonyms of facile 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 of facile cheap, downhill, effortless, easy, fluent, fluid, hands-down, light, painless, ready, royal, simple, smooth, snap, softWords Related to facile 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 of facile burdensome, exhausting, onerous, oppressive, painful, stressful, taxing, troublesome; abstruse, complex, complicated, intricate, involved, knotty, problematic (also problematical), reconditeAntonyms of facile arduous, demanding, difficult, exacting, formidable, grueling (or gruelling), hard, herculean, killer, labored, laborious, murderous, rough, severe, stiff, strenuous, toilful, toilsome, tough

Synonym Discussion of facile

easy, facile, simple, light, effortless, smooth mean not demanding effort or involving difficulty. easy is applicable either to persons or things imposing tasks or to activity required by such tasks.
    • an easy college course
facile often adds to easy the connotation of undue haste or shallowness.
    • facile answers to complex questions
simple stresses ease in understanding or dealing with because complication is absent.
    • a simple problem in arithmetic
light stresses freedom from what is burdensome.
    • a light teaching load
effortless stresses the appearance of ease and usually implies the prior attainment of artistry or expertness.
    • moving with effortless grace
smooth stresses the absence or removal of all difficulties, hardships, or obstacles.
    • a smooth ride


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