Part of speech:
(Adjectives are describing words, like “large” or “late.”
They can be used in two ways:
1. Right before a noun, as in “a facile story”
2. After a linking verb, as in “The story was facile.”)
Something facile is very easy to do or easy to use. Usually, something facile is so easily done that it took no thought or effort. For that reason, calling something "facile" is often an insult.
How to use it:
Talk about anything said, written, or created as facile: a facile description, a facile story, a facile excuse, a facile comparison, a facile illustration, a facile comment, a facile film, a facile song, etc.
But "facile" doesn't have to be an insult. You can have a facile mind, a facile vocabulary, a facile writing style, and so on.
Every episode of that irksome show is as facile as 99-cent greeting card.
When it's time to write a sympathy note, I have a hard time coming up with something to say that won't appear facile or trite.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "facile” means when you can explain it without saying “effortless” or “thoughtless."
Think of a skill you're very good at, and fill in the blanks: "It took me ___(a certain length of time)__ to become this facile at ___(a certain skill)__, but now I can ___(do something)__."
Example : "It took me at least ten years to become this facile at typing, but now I can do it fairly well without looking at the keyboard or screen."
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A Point Well Made:
Mason Cooley: “Romance is tempestuous. Love is calm.”
1. The opposite of FACILE is
2. With a facile hand, he _____
A. threw a peace sign and took off.
B. sketched and shaded a true-to-life portrait.
C. slopped a heaping portion of ice cream onto the cone, which dripped everywhere.
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