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facile

[fas-il or, esp. British, -ahyl] /ˈfæs ɪl or, esp. British, -aɪl/
adjective
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
1475-1485
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
Synonyms
1. smooth, flowing, fluent; glib. 2. superficial. 3. bland, suave; urbane.
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British Dictionary definitions for un facile

facile

/ˈfæsaɪl/
adjective
1.
easy to perform or achieve
2.
working or moving easily or smoothly
3.
without depth; superficial: a facile solution
4.
(archaic) relaxed in manner; easygoing
Derived Forms
facilely, adverb
facileness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin facilis easy, from facere to do
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Word Origin and History for un facile

facile

adj.

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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