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Line breaks: fa¦cile
Pronunciation: /ˈfasʌɪl
, -sɪl/

Definition of facile in English:


1Ignoring the true complexities of an issue; superficial: facile generalizations
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  • Ideological polarizations on educational issues tend to be facile and premature.
  • Thus, one of the fundamental problems with educational reform is that policymakers often neglect to address core social problems and instead attack peripheral issues with facile solutions.
  • However, generalizations and facile strategies are often what the public wants to hear, despite what theory and research have shown us about the complexity of classroom environments.
1.1(Of a person) having a superficial or simplistic knowledge or approach: a man of facile and shallow intellect
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  • The secretary is very facile with definitions.
  • She is often facile, especially when relying on pop psychology.
  • In Jeffrey's case his soul seems to get ever more shallow and facile.
2(Of success, especially in sport) easily achieved: a facile seven-lengths victory
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  • Richard Johnson's mount has won his last two starts, following up a victory over this course and distance with a facile success at Folkestone last time.
  • Ferdy Murphy's gelding has struck form with a vengeance recently, scoring at Sedgefield and Catterick, his latest success being achieved in facile style.
  • The day got off to a good start for favourite backers when Northern Boy registered a facile success in the opening Balfour Kilpatrick Maiden Stakes, winning at odds of 4-7.


late 15th century (in the sense 'easily accomplished'): from French, or from Latin facilis 'easy', from facere 'do, make'.



Example sentences
  • Radosh's newest book can't be as facilely dismissed as one might like.
  • The imperative that man exercise mastery over technical development is facilely accepted by everyone.
  • It is important to remember that areas not inhabited by humans for the most part - what some would facilely call ‘natural environments’ - can be extremely hazardous, sometimes more so than urban areas (for those not accustomed to them).


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  • Carlyon's text descends into the psychological realms of the coloniser and the colonised, avoiding the facileness of judgement and condemnation.
  • f we make simplicity our goal we are likely to end up with facileness instead.
  • Although such bluntness, added to a post-apocalyptic scenario, threatens to lose its audience with facileness, "Lament," avoids the glib by extending its challenge to certain theatrical traditions of characterization.

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