[fas-il or, esp. British, -ahyl]
- 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
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1. smooth, flowing, fluent; glib. 2. superficial. 3. bland, suave; urbane.
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Examples from the Web for facilely
She had been willing to be lightly, facilely happy over it like other people.The Judge
Changeability is attributed to the feminine, but Maya was not able to shift her mood as facilely as her fiance.Rebels of the Red Planet
Charles Louis Fontenay
Her father hadn't been the happy, satisfied, facilely successful person he was supposed to be.The Return of the Prodigal
Milly's indifference argued in her a difference from most women, facilely contented as they usually seemed.
And, like all popular ideas, it is unthinkingly accepted and facilely claimed.
- easy to perform or achieve
- working or moving easily or smoothly
- without depth; superficiala facile solution
- archaic relaxed in manner; easygoing
C15: from Latin facilis easy, from facere to do
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Word Origin and History for facilely
late 15c., from Middle French facile "easy," from Latin facilis "easy to do" and, of persons, "pliant, courteous," from facere "to do" (see factitious).
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