3. [syn: eloquent, facile, fluent, silver, silver-tongued, smooth-spoken]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Facile \Fac"ile\a. [L. facilis, prop., capable of being done or
made, hence, facile, easy, fr. facere to make, do: cf. F.
facile. Srr Fact, and cf. Faculty.]
1. Easy to be done or performed: not difficult; performable
or attainable with little labor.
Order . . . will render the work facile and
2. Easy to be surmounted or removed; easily conquerable;
The facile gates of hell too slightly barred.
3. Easy of access or converse; mild; courteous; not haughty,
austere, or distant; affable; complaisant.
I meant she should be courteous, facile, sweet. --B.
4. Easily persuaded to good or bad; yielding; ductile to a
fault; pliant; flexible.
Since Adam, and his facile consort Eve,
Lost Paradise, deceived by me. --Milton.
This is treating Burns like a child, a person of so
facile a disposition as not to be trusted without a
keeper on the king's highway. --Prof.
5. Ready; quick; expert; as, he is facile in expedients; he
wields a facile pen. -- Fac"ile*ly, adv. --
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: arrived at without due care or effort; lacking depth;
"too facile a solution for so complex a problem"
2: performing adroitly and without effort; "a facile hand"
3: expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively; "able to
dazzle with his facile tongue"; "silver speech" [syn:
eloquent, facile, fluent, silver, silver-tongued,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
95 Moby Thesaurus words for "facile":
Mickey Mouse, adaptable, adroit, apt, bendable, bending, biddable,
bright, casual, clear, clever, compliant, cursory, cushy, deft,
dexterous, dib, docile, ductile, easy, easy as pie, educable,
effortless, elastic, elegant, extensible, extensile, fabricable,
fictile, flexible, flexile, flexuous, flowing, fluent, formable,
formative, giving, glib, graceful, impressible, impressionable,
instructable, intelligent, light, like putty, limber, lissome,
lithe, lithesome, malleable, moldable, motivated, nothing to it,
painless, plain, plastic, pleasing, pliable, pliant, quick, ready,
receptive, responsive, ripe for instruction, royal, schoolable,
sensitive, sequacious, shallow, shapable, simple, simple as ABC,
smooth, soft, springy, straightforward, submissive, superficial,
supple, susceptible, teachable, thirsty for knowledge, tractable,
tractile, trainable, tripping, unburdensome, uncomplicated,
uncritical, untroublesome, voluble, whippy, willing, willowy,
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018):
A concurrent extension of ML from ECRC.
["Facile: A Symmetric Integration of Concurrent and Functional
Programming", A. Giacalone et al, Intl J Parallel Prog
18(2):121-160, Apr 1989].