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[fas-il or, esp. British, -ahyl] /ˈfæs ɪl or, esp. British, -aɪl/
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.
Origin of facile
1475-85; < Latin facilis that can be done, easy, equivalent to fac(ere) to do, make + -ilis -ile
Related forms
facilely, adverb
facileness, noun
overfacile, adjective
overfacilely, adverb
unfacile, adjective
unfacilely, adverb
Can be confused
1. smooth, flowing, fluent; glib. 2. superficial. 3. bland, suave; urbane.

facile princeps

[fah-ki-le pring-keps; English fas-uh-lee prin-seps] /ˈfɑ kɪˌlɛ ˈprɪŋ kɛps; English ˈfæs ə li ˈprɪn sɛps/
easily the first or best. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for facile
  • The facts that they argue about are those for which they have easy, perhaps even facile, answers for.
  • Genetic explanations for this sort of behavior are often facile.
  • It's much fuller, much richer, and much more facile.
  • Her way of thinking which is highly visual and extraordinarily facile and detailed.
  • But so, too, will readers who find the blogosphere facile or lazy.
  • But it's disingenuous and a little facile to jump on him about this thing.
  • Yet it would be facile to say for certain that economic or political policy has thus moved to the right.
  • By the time a suitable job emerges, younger more facile and recently graduated will be entering the workforce.
  • Perhaps younger minds are more facile at solving puzzles.
  • If there were ever a time to move beyond our dangerously facile debate about cosmetic surgery, it's now.
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
Derived Forms
facilely, adverb
facileness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin facilis easy, from facere to do

facile princeps

/ˈfæsɪlɪ ˈprɪnsɛps/
an obvious leader
Word Origin
literally: easily first
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Contemporary definitions for facile

resourceful, quick; expert

Word Origin

Latin facilis 'easy to do''s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for facile

late 15c., from Middle French facile "easy," from Latin facilis "easy to do" and, of persons, "pliant, courteous," from facere "to do" (see factitious).

facile princeps

Latin, literally "easily first." An acknowledged leader or chief.

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facile in Technology
A concurrent extension of ML from ECRC.
["Facile: A Symmetric Integration of Concurrent and Functional Programming", A. Giacalone et al, Intl J Parallel Prog 18(2):121-160, Apr 1989].
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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