AskDefine | Define facile

Dictionary Definition

facile adj
1 arrived at without due care or effort; lacking depth; "too facile a solution for so complex a problem"
2 performing adroitly and without effort; "her easy grace"; "a facile hand" [syn: easy]
3 expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively; "able to dazzle with his facile tongue"; "silver speech" [syn: eloquent, fluent, silver, silver-tongued, smooth-spoken]

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English

Etymology

From facile.

Pronunciation

  • /ˈfæsaɪl/

Adjective

  1. Easily done or used; taking little effort; lazy.
    His facile approach to the task meant the best result would not be achieved.
  2. Amiable, flexible, easy to get along with.
    His facile disposition made him many friends.

Esperanto

Adverb

  1. easily

French

Pronunciation

  • /fa.sil/

Etymology

From facilis.

Adjective

  1. easy, simple

Antonyms

Italian

Etymology

facilis from facere

Adjective

  1. easy
  2. cosy
  3. effortless

Latin

Adverb

  1. easily

Synonyms

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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