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facile

[fas-il or, esp. British, -ahyl] /ˈfæs ɪl or, esp. British, -aɪl/
adjective
1.
moving, acting, working, proceeding, etc., with ease, sometimes with superficiality:
facile fingers; a facile mind.
2.
easily done, performed, used, etc.:
a facile victory; a facile method.
3.
easy or unconstrained, as manners or persons.
4.
affable, agreeable, or complaisant; easily influenced:
a facile temperament; facile people.
Origin of facile
1475-1485
1475-85; < Latin facilis that can be done, easy, equivalent to fac(ere) to do, make + -ilis -ile
Related forms
facilely, adverb
facileness, noun
overfacile, adjective
overfacilely, adverb
unfacile, adjective
unfacilely, adverb
Can be confused
Synonyms
1. smooth, flowing, fluent; glib. 2. superficial. 3. bland, suave; urbane.

facile princeps

[fah-ki-le pring-keps; English fas-uh-lee prin-seps] /ˈfɑ kɪˌlɛ ˈprɪŋ kɛps; English ˈfæs ə li ˈprɪn sɛps/
Latin.
1.
easily the first or best.
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  • This was his special gift and as usual in such cases he was not a facile writer.

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    The Arrow of Gold Joseph Conrad
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    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
British Dictionary definitions for facile

facile

/ˈfæsaɪl/
adjective
1.
easy to perform or achieve
2.
working or moving easily or smoothly
3.
without depth; superficial: a facile solution
4.
(archaic) relaxed in manner; easygoing
Derived Forms
facilely, adverb
facileness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin facilis easy, from facere to do

facile princeps

/ˈfæsɪlɪ ˈprɪnsɛps/
noun
1.
an obvious leader
Word Origin
literally: easily first
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Contemporary definitions for facile
adjective

resourceful, quick; expert

Word Origin

Latin facilis 'easy to do'

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Word Origin and History for facile
adj.

late 15c., from Middle French facile "easy," from Latin facilis "easy to do" and, of persons, "pliant, courteous," from facere "to do" (see factitious).

facile princeps

Latin, literally "easily first." An acknowledged leader or chief.

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