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facile

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From Middle French facile, from Latin facilis (easy to do, easy, literally doable), from facere (to do, make). Compare Spanish fácil ("easy").

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facile (comparative more facile, superlative most facile)

  1. Easy, now especially in a disparaging sense; contemptibly easy. [from 15th c.]
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, vol.I, New York, 2001, p.243:
      as he that is benumbed with cold sits shaking, that might relieve himself with a little exercise or stirring, do they complain, but will not use the facile and ready means to do themselves good […].
  2. (now rare) Amiable, flexible, easy to get along with. [from 16th c.]
    His facile disposition made him many friends.
  3. Effortless, fluent (of work, abilities etc.). [from 17th c.]
    • 1932, Duff Cooper, Talleyrand, Folio Society 2010, p. 54:
      we can learn the impression that he made upon a stranger and a foreigner at this period, thanks to the facile pen of Fannu Burney.
    • 1974, Graham Greene, The Honorary Consul, Pocket Books, New York, p.54:
      "Discipline," Jorge Julio Saavedra was repeating, "is more necessary to me than to other more facile writers.
    • 1990, Peter Hopkirk, The Great Game, Folio Society 2010, p. 372:
      A facile and persuasive writer, he also turned out countless newspaper articles on Russian aims in Central Asia and how best these could be thwarted.
  4. Lazy, simplistic (especially of explanations, discussions etc.). [from 19th c.]
    • 2012, Chris Huhne, The Guardian, 3 May 2012:
      There is a facile view that our green commitments – to tackling climate change, avoiding air and water pollution, protecting natural habitats – are an obstacle to growth. The message of the commodity markets is surely different.
  5. (chemistry) Of a reaction or other process, taking place readily.
    Decarboxylation of beta-keto acids is facile...

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facile

  1. easily

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin facilis (easy), from faciō (do, make).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /fa.sil/
  • (file)
  • Homophone: faciles
  • Hyphenation: fa‧cile

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facile (masculine and feminine, plural faciles)

  1. easy, simple

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facile (comparative plus facile, superlative le plus facile)

  1. easy

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ItalianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin facilis (easy), from faciō (do, make).

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facile m, f (masculine and feminine plural facili)

  1. easy
  2. cosy
  3. effortless

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facile (comparative facilius, superlative facillimē)

  1. easily

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Middle FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

1441, borrowing from Latin facilis[1].

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facile m, f (plural faciles)

  1. easy (not difficult)

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  1. ^ "facile" in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).