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FACILE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does facile mean? 

FACILE (adjective)
  The adjective FACILE has 3 senses:

1. arrived at without due care or effort; lacking depth
2. performing adroitly and without effort
3. expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively

  Familiarity information: FACILE used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


FACILE (adjective)


Sense 1facile [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Arrived at without due care or effort; lacking depth

Context example:

too facile a solution for so complex a problem

Similar:

superficial (being or affecting or concerned with a surface; not deep or penetrating emotionally or intellectually)


Sense 2facile [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Performing adroitly and without effort

Context example:

a facile hand

Similar:

effortless (requiring or apparently requiring no effort)


Sense 3facile [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively

Synonyms:

eloquent; silver-tongued; smooth-spoken; fluent; facile; silver

Context examples:

able to dazzle with his facile tongue / silver speech

Similar:

articulate (expressing yourself easily or characterized by clear expressive language)


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