[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. facial tissue,
  2. facial vein,
  3. facialist,
  4. facially,
  5. facies,
  6. facile princeps,
  7. facilely,
  8. facilis descensus averni,
  9. facilis descensus averno,
  10. facilitate

Origin of facile

1475–85; < Latin facilis that can be done, easy, equivalent to fac(ere) to do, make + -ilis -ile

Related forms
Can be confusedfacile facilitate facility felicitate

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.
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British Dictionary definitions for facile


/ (ˈfæsaɪl) /


easy to perform or achieve
working or moving easily or smoothly
without depth; superficiala facile solution
archaic relaxed in manner; easygoing
Derived Formsfacilely, adverbfacileness, noun

Word Origin for facile

C15: from Latin facilis easy, from facere to do

facile princeps

/ Latin (ˈfæsɪlɪ ˈprɪnsɛps) /


an obvious leader

Word Origin for facile princeps

literally: easily first

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