[fas-il or, esp. British, -ahyl]
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  1. moving, acting, working, proceeding, etc., with ease, sometimes with superficiality: facile fingers; a facile mind.
  2. easily done, performed, used, etc.: a facile victory; a facile method.
  3. easy or unconstrained, as manners or persons.
  4. 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
Related formsfac·ile·ly, adverbfac·ile·ness, nouno·ver·fac·ile, adjectiveo·ver·fac·ile·ly, adverbun·fac·ile, adjectiveun·fac·ile·ly, adverb
Can be confusedfacile facilitate facility felicitate

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British Dictionary definitions for facilely


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

Word Origin for facile

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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