[ US /ˈfæsəɫ/ ]
[ UK /fˈæsa‍ɪl/ ]
  1. superficially impressive, but lacking depth and attention to the true complexities of a subject
    too facile a solution for so complex a problem
    it was a neat plan, but bound to fail
    a slick advertising campaign
  2. performing adroitly and without effort
    a facile hand
  3. expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively
    silver speech
    able to dazzle with his facile tongue
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How To Use facile In A Sentence

  • able to dazzle with his facile tongue
  • Est in unoquoque nostrum seminarium aliquod stultitiae, quod si quando excitetur, in infinitum facile excrescit. Anatomy of Melancholy
  • The rubbish esthetic was so ubiquitous in messy piles of wallboard and carpet that it began to seem a too-facile solution.
  • Before his facile perils and ready laugh, life was no longer an affair of serious effort and restraint, but a toy, to be played with and turned topsy-turvy, carelessly to be lived and pleasured in, and carelessly to be flung aside. Chapter 2
  • True, in the august presence of rhombohedral crystals, retinasphaltic resins, gehlenites, Fassaites, molybdenites, tungstates of manganese, and titanite of zirconium, why, the most facile of tongues may make a slip now and then. Journey to the Interior of the Earth
  • He responded testily to questions about WikiLeaks's opaque finances, Private Manning's fate and WikiLeaks's apparent lack of accountability to anybody but himself, calling the questions "cretinous," "facile" and reminiscent of "kindergarten. NYT > Home Page
  • too facile a solution for so complex a problem
  • Ac fuere qui tum Albinum haud ignarum consili regis existumarent, neque ex tanta properantia tam facile tractum bellum socordia magis quam dolo crederent. A History of Rome During the Later Republic and Early Principate
  • Sed ab hoc incepto me non solum deterruerunt sordidi colores virides et violacei, qui ex mistionibus illis prodibant, sed et imprimis illud, quod, ob differentes pigmentorun grauitates specificas et inaequalem cum aqua cohaesionem, et ab artis perito magni errores facile committi poterant. The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe
  • If you want Swift to be a dark ironist rather than a facile pamphleteer, you might examine the premises that make his fable so easy to digest.
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