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.
- fac·ile·ly, adverb
- fac·ile·ness, noun
- o·ver·fac·ile, adjective
- o·ver·fac·ile·ly, adverb
- un·fac·ile, adjective
- un·fac·ile·ly, adverb
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How to use facile in a sentence
Unusually, he’s as facile in doing theory to figure out what experiments need to be done as he is in doing the experiments.An Unexpected Twist Lights Up the Secrets of Turbulence | David H. Freedman | September 3, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
Each successive act facilely evoked by its predecessor pushes us automatically into the next act of a predetermined series.Human Nature and Conduct | John Dewey
Milly's indifference argued in her a difference from most women, facilely contented as they usually seemed.The Nest, The White Pagoda, The Suicide, A Forsaken Temple, Miss Jones and The Masterpiece | Anne Douglas Sedgwick
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
She had been willing to be lightly, facilely happy over it like other people.The Judge | Rebecca West
And, like all popular ideas, it is unthinkingly accepted and facilely claimed.The Unpopular Review, Number 19 | Various
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
- facilely, adverb
- facileness, noun
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