facile

[ fas-il or, especially British, -ahyl ]
/ ˈfæs ɪl or, especially British, -aɪl /
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adjective

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.

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Origin of facile

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

OTHER WORDS FROM facile

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH facile

facile , facilitate, facility, felicitate
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British Dictionary definitions for facile

facile
/ (ˈfæsaɪl) /

adjective

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

Derived forms of facile

facilely, adverbfacileness, noun

Word Origin for facile

C15: from Latin facilis easy, from facere to do
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