- The definition of facile is something that uses little effort or is easy to do.
An example of facile is winning a game against a team that isn't very good.
- not hard to do or achieve; easy
- acting, working, or done easily, or in a quick, smooth way; fluent; ready: a facile wit
- using or showing little effort and not sincere or profound; superficial: a facile solution, facile emotions
- Now Rare easy to influence or persuade; affable
Origin of facileFrench ; from Classical Latin facilis ; from facere, do
- a. Done or achieved with little effort or difficulty; easy: a facile victory.b. Working, acting, or done with ease and fluency: a facile writer; facile prose. See Synonyms at easy.
- Arrived at or presented without due care, effort, or examination; superficial: We don't need another facile solution to a complex problem.
- Archaic Pleasingly mild, as in disposition or manner.
Origin of facileMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin facilis; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more facile, superlative most facile)
- Easy, now especially in a disparaging sense; contemptibly easy. [from 15th c.]
- (now rare) Amiable, flexible, easy to get along with. [from 16th c.]
- His facile disposition made him many friends.
- Effortless, fluent (of work, abilities etc.). [from 17th c.]
- Lazy, simplistic (especially of explanations, discussions etc.). [from 19th c.]
- (chemistry) Of a reaction or other process, taking place readily.
- Decarboxylation of beta-keto acids is facile...
From Middle French facile, from Latin facilis (“easy to do, easy, literally doable”), from facere (“to do, make”). Compare Spanish fácil ("easy").