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[fas-il or, esp. British, -ahyl] /ˈfæs ɪl or, esp. British, -aɪl/
moving, acting, working, proceeding, etc., with ease, sometimes with superficiality:
facile fingers; a facile mind.
easily done, performed, used, etc.:
a facile victory; a facile method.
easy or unconstrained, as manners or persons.
affable, agreeable, or complaisant; easily influenced:
a facile temperament; facile people.
Origin of facile
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
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/
easily the first or best. Unabridged
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  • In all such bush-craft as this Ted was facile princeps, and he asked no better employment.

    The Record of Nicholas Freydon A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
  • They are not facile at expression, these same men of the soil.

    The Toilers of the Field Richard Jefferies
  • Far better the blithe modern pagan in his white tie and evening clothes, and his facile philosophy.

  • Little you know, my cockerel, how facile a brain your 'bus so lightly bears.

    Free Air Sinclair Lewis
  • His facility was great, and he had the faults of a facile writer, who started on his career at the age of nineteen.

British Dictionary definitions for facile


easy to perform or achieve
working or moving easily or smoothly
without depth; superficial: a facile solution
(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/
an obvious leader
Word Origin
literally: easily first
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Contemporary definitions for facile

resourceful, quick; expert

Word Origin

Latin facilis 'easy to do''s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for facile

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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facile in Technology
A concurrent extension of ML from ECRC.
["Facile: A Symmetric Integration of Concurrent and Functional Programming", A. Giacalone et al, Intl J Parallel Prog 18(2):121-160, Apr 1989].
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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