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Below you will find the definition of facile, followed by 38 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - arrived at without due care or effort; lacking depth
EXAMPLES - Facile in a Sentence
- Taliban "formulation, describing it as a" facile "formulation and (source)
- Harsanyi, What is so "facile" about sticking up for the Constitution? (source)
- Brissot became known as a facile and able writer, and was engaged on the (source)
- It's kind of facile to read it without the music, but you'll get the point. (source)
- Justice Minister Dermot Ahern has also described the suggestion as "facile". (source)
- Its metaphors were too bare, it was a little too treacly, a little bit facile... (source)
- That kind of facile thinking is all too evident in today's doctrinally disarmed church. (source)
- The facile assumption is that race explains the fury of the populist backlash against Obama. (source)
- He called the commissioner's recommendations - which the government accepted - "facile" and "banal." (source)
- It is facile for many to merely invoke the 'Red' and 'Blue' state division, for there are many shades of grey. (source)
- Taliban "formulation, describing it as a" facile "formulation and terrorism in annual four-hour TV phone-in ... (source)
- It's the kind of facile reasoning that plays well for populist politicians and publishers, but it simply doesn't work. (source)
- My point has always been that it's not the business of The New York Times to engage in this kind of facile prognostication. (source)
- He brings to his part of the servile toy-boy a kind of facile fury that flaunts an easygoing sense of self-deprecating comedy. (source)
- Absolutely immigration is of great importance to me, but in a greater scope of sustainability, not of some kind of facile link to xenophobia. (source)
- Millicent liked him because he was so "facile," as she expressed it; a man with whom one could talk without feeling it necessary to pick each step. (source)
- "" The narrative about the 'perpetual campaign' is generally kind of facile, "he added," but this whole thing has a weirdly campaign-trail quality to it. "" (source)
- So that class of women known as facile is unknown to me, or if I allow myself to be taken with them, it is without knowing it, and through innate simplicity. (source)
- The fact is that this kind of facile reasoning is a lot of what's wrong with Republican conservatism and what makes Rosen a particularly malignant and odious voice. (source)
- "Tetty" it should not be, if for no other reason, for this -- that the chance of writing "Tetty" as a title is a kind of facile literary opportunity; it shall be denied. (source)
- During that sitdown, when asked about finances and other non-content issues, Assange had responded by calling such queries "facile," "cretinous," and from "kindergarten." (source)
- Robert Reich asserts that it is "facile" to object to the Keynesian insistence that high unemployment requires stimulus spending ( "The Necessity of Obamanomics," Feb. 5). (source)
- It's facile -- the bad kind of facile -- to think that because we all seem to agree with the ideal of equality in general that it will always be a popular notion in specific. (source)
- It's kind of facile you have to drink whenever Bush says "evihl", but it might render an otherwise excruciating occasion, if not pleasant exactly, at least a little less memorable. (source)
- Cal says it with the kind of facile honesty one might expect a bartender to impart late at night, when the day -- and any air of romance -- seems to dissipate before rows of bleary eyes. (source)
- "Pitt's character responds with answers that parody the kind of facile backstory usually applied in cases like this: unhappy childhood; sexual instability; class resentment; bad education. (source)
- This is the kind of facile conclusion and faulty logic that, unfortunately, drives too much of the political narrative, just as it did following gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia. (source)
- Updated: 10/13/2009 05: 19: 38 PM PDT Harper Simon - "Harper Simon" 3 1/2 stars It's easy and kind of facile to say, but it's nonetheless true: you don't have to stretch too far to find father Paul's (source)
- The learned and ingenious John Schweighaeuser (a name facile to spell and mellifluous to pronounce) hath been pleased, in that _Appendix continens particulam doctrinae de mente humana_, which closeth the volume of his (source)
- Something different from this SF great's facile pen: An historical novel about Toulouse-Lautrec and the creation of his famous Moulin Rouge poster, seen from the point of view of a waif sheltered by the troubled artist. (source)
- It's that kind of facile worldview that allows Pat Buchanan to ridicule Sotomayor as "Miss Affirmative Action, 2009"; Sotomayor's meteoric rise to the top, Buchanan fatuously insists, was "all because she was a Hispanic woman." (source)
- The reproach of that, together with the kind of facile apologies those who had no share in the deed may have made for it, as they went about quietly on their own affairs that day, seems to come very close to me, as I think upon it. (source)
- And maybe because of them, my main impression of him has been his facility which I say, mostly, without the negative connotation of "facile": he could take almost anything in, at least as a reader, and spin it out into golden, tactile phrases. (source)
- And it is dangerous when the media gives her the same "voice" or treatment as serious politicians - liberal or conservative - because this suggests to people that maybe her intellectually dull, limited and facile views should be given some creedence. (source)
- It's disheartening to see this kind of facile cynicism become the default moral position of so many critics (the film also won the Boston and Washington, DC critics awards), particularly in a year when there is so much complex, considered cynicism readily available: (source)
- The learned and ingenious John Schweighaeuser (a name facile to spell and mellifluous to pronounce) hath been pleased, in that Appendix continens particulam doctrinae de mente humana, which closeth the volume of his "Opuscula Academica," to observe (we translate from memory) that, (source)
- Arrived in Cincinnati, where he got employment in the Western Union commercial telegraph department at a wage of $60 per month, Edison made the acquaintance of Milton F. Adams, already referred to as facile princeps the typical telegrapher in all his more sociable and brilliant aspects. (source)
- This is kind of facile (and not a little bit peurile), but I used to select the wider blades of grass that I could find, and pinch them between the balls of my hands (paddy part at the bottom of the thumb) and the tips of my thumbs, and when you blow through the resulting gap with the grass blade, it made a very obnoxious, honky kind of sound, in the same general sonic family as listening to Mr. Punch speak through the swazzle. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 38 example sentences provided below is 46.0, which suggests that "facile" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 34 synonyms for facile.
accomplished, adept, adroit, apparent, articulate, breeze, child's play, cursory, deft, dexterous, easy as pie, effortless, fast talk, flip, fluent, glib, hasty, light, obvious, picnic, practiced, proficient, pushover, quick, ready, shallow, simple, skillful, slick, smooth, superficial, uncomplicated, untroublesome, voluble
We have 8 antonyms for facile.
arduous, complicated, confusing, difficult, hard, involved, laborious, profound
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of facile from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Done or achieved with little effort or difficulty; easy. See Synonyms at easy.
- (adjective) Working, acting, or speaking with effortless ease and fluency.
- (adjective) Arrived at without due care, effort, or examination; superficial: proposed a facile solution to a complex problem.
- (adjective) Readily manifested, together with an aura of insincerity and lack of depth: a facile slogan devised by politicians.
- (adjective) Archaic Pleasingly mild, as in disposition or manner.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) Of a reaction or other process, taking place readily.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Easy to be done or performed: not difficult; performable or attainable with little labor.
- (adjective) Easy to be surmounted or removed; easily conquerable; readily mastered.
- (adjective) Easy of access or converse; mild; courteous; not haughty, austere, or distant; affable; complaisant.
- (adjective) Easily persuaded to good or bad; yielding; ductile to a fault; pliant; flexible.
- (adjective) Ready; quick; expert
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Easy to be done, performed, or used; easy; not difficult.
- (None) Easy to be moved, removed, surmounted, or overcome.
- (None) Easy of access or converse; affable; not haughty, austere, or reserved.
- (None) Easily moved or persuaded to good or bad; pliable; flexible; yielding.
- (None) Ready; quick; dexterous: as, a facile artisan or artist; he wields a facile pen.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) arrived at without due care or effort; lacking depth
- (adjective) performing adroitly and without effort
- (adjective) expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively