- 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
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- easily the first or best.
Examples from the Web for facile
If most of the McCarthy comparisons have been favorable, all of them have been facile.Compliments Are Nice, but Enough With the Cormac McCarthy Comparisons
October 21, 2014
Real-world profilers have to be careful, and are, not to indulge in facile ethnic, racial or religious “profiling.”Inside the Mind of an ISIS Jihadi
September 21, 2014
Then I picked up a book that shredded my facile preconceptions—Hard Stuff: The Autobiography of Mayor Coleman Young.A Ghostwriter Steps Out of the Shadows
September 17, 2014
But we should beware of the facile tradition of criticizing colleges, professors, and the young (or just mocking them).The Elite American College Pile-On
Michael S. Roth
September 15, 2014
So subsequent headlines made a facile connection with media violence.The Mad Shooter of Paris Is a ‘Natural Born Killer’
November 21, 2013
This was his special gift and as usual in such cases he was not a facile writer.Cleveland Past and Present
I cannot brush aside the problem by a facile reference to reincarnation.Mountain Meditations
Consequently the poisoners of the wells of truth had a facile task.England and Germany
Emile Joseph Dillon
A Latin tag came into my head about the facile descent into the abyss.The Arrow of Gold
Mrs. Austen, in spite of her facile digestion, gagged at it.The Paliser case
- easy to perform or achieve
- working or moving easily or smoothly
- without depth; superficiala facile solution
- archaic relaxed in manner; easygoing
- an obvious leader
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).
Latin, literally "easily first." An acknowledged leader or chief.