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Definition of "facile" []

  • Done or achieved with little effort or difficulty; easy. See Synonyms at easy. (adjective)
  • Working, acting, or speaking with effortless ease and fluency. (adjective)
  • Arrived at without due care, effort, or examination; superficial: proposed a facile solution to a complex problem. (adjective)
  • Readily manifested, together with an aura of insincerity and lack of depth: a facile slogan devised by politicians. (adjective)
  • Archaic Pleasingly mild, as in disposition or manner. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "facile" in a sentence
  • "Leisure time is being stolen from us, language is degraded and commercialized in facile ways, and anything made for “serious human ends” is rendered irrelevant."
  • "Even as they immerse themselves in facile debates about the Boy King's "A-list", it could have a material effect on their electoral prospects."
  • "Brissot became known as a facile and able writer, and was engaged on the"