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a facile plan, perfect for politics, but inadequate as a real solution
  superficial (lacking depth)


skillful or easily achieved
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facile facilely
Use facile with care since it can be used as both a compliment and an insult.
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  • a facile plan, perfect for politics, but inadequate as a real solution
  • The analogy is too facile for so complex a problem.
  • She’s facile with standard office technology and an especially fast at typing.
  • Soon her fingers dance across the keys making the flawless seem facile.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind

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  • "Don’t be facile," Georgina said.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • The second line I have resurrected from the void may be a little too facile, but I have kept it.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • In a thousand ways he smoothed for me the path of knowledge and made the most abstruse inquiries clear and facile to my apprehension.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • CHRISTIAN: Oh, to express one’s thoughts with facile grace!
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • And your mind is as facile as a young lamb leaping in a daisy field.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • When we consider The importancy of Cyprus to the Turk; And let ourselves again but understand That, as it more concerns the Turk than Rhodes, So may he with more facile question bear it, For that it stands not in such warlike brace, But altogether lacks the abilities That Rhodes is dress’d in.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice

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  • And Raphael now, to Adam’s doubt proposed, Benevolent and facile thus replied.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • He was only at his ease amid gross language, military gallantries, facile beauties, and successes yet more easy.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • It is one of my faults, that though my tongue is sometimes prompt enough at an answer, there are times when it sadly fails me in framing an excuse; and always the lapse occurs at some crisis, when a facile word or plausible pretext is specially wanted to get me out of painful embarrassment.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Lost and bewildered though I was I could contain myself no longer and I said sharply there was not too little care but too many thieves, and saw them nodding in facile agreement.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • This facile adaptation was at once the symptom of perfect health and its best preservative.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • So that while Rosemary was a "simple" child she was protected by a double sheath of her mother’s armor and her own—she had a mature distrust of the trivial, the facile and the vulgar.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • He thought that the second piece on the program, Schubert’s "Death and the Maiden," was played with facile theatricality.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • He invented a facile excuse, and having taken the vacant seat next to her, looked round to see who was there.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • He’d always had that, even when he hadn’t had anything else, but now he felt as if he’d been ripped open and all the clever, facile words had poured out of him, leaving him empty.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • He thought his facile remark had been forgotten.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • And it was probably facile to compare the responses of the United States and Cuba.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • The vampire’s facile hand beckoned him, and he came towards me, his eyes fearless and exciting, and he drew up to me in the candlelight and put his arms around my shoulders.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • There was plenty of eggs, butter, bread, and so on in the larder, and Clare soon had breakfast laid, his experiences at the dairy having rendered him facile in domestic preparations.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • He gave her facile masculine advice.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • He was an auburn-haired boy, with great, handsome eyes which he would grow up to in time, a facile imaginative mind and a taste for fancy dress.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • She longed to be able to throw into her voice the facile passion of a light woman.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Congressman Efrem Walters, out of the hills of Tennessee by way of the Yale Law Review, was not to be dismissed with facile circumlocution that dealt with the esoterica of clandestine manipulations.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • And the greater the amount, the more facile its release; witness the struggle of the man whose resources permit him to apply for no more than a $500 loan as compared with the relative ease another has with a line of credit of $500, 000.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Most of all, they elude facile description, but they do possess a municipal character that has a lot to do with two centuries of scriptural belief that they are simply superior to other people of the earth.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • A bright commercial calendar hung on the flaking whitewash -a dark-skinned mestizo girl in a bathing-dress advertised some gaseous water; somebody had pencilled in a neat pedagogic hand a facile and over-confident statement about man having nothing to lose but his chains.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • But Roberta was not of a temperament that permitted of any such facile friendships, and nothing had come of it.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • …mantle of adultery, (leader’s) trusty henchmen to the number of ten or a dozen or possibly even more than that penetrated into the printing works of the Insuppressible or no it was United Ireland (a by no means by the by appropriate appellative) and broke up the typecases with hammers or something like that all on account of some scurrilous effusions from the facile pens of the O’Brienite scribes at the usual mudslinging occupation reflecting on the erstwhile tribune’s private morals.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • In the twilight of the workshop the white dust was flying from his tools like a shower of sparks under the hoofs of a galloping horse; the two wheels were turning, droning; Binet smiled, his chin lowered, his nostrils distended, and, in a word, seemed lost in one of those complete happinesses that, no doubt, belong only to commonplace occupations, which amuse the mind with facile difficulties, and satisfy by a realisation of that beyond which such minds have not a dream.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • Am I too fast, too facile? I do not know.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • Because if we analyze the reasons honestly and thoroughly instead of shallow and facile and what else?
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Why didn’t the intellectual leaders of the Jewish people ever go beyond facile Weltschmerz and ironical wisdom?
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Its very situation—withdrawn a little behind the facile splendours of St. Pancras—implied a comment on the materialism of life.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • Nirriti was a small man, with a twinkling eye, a facile smile, dark hair, restrained by a silver band, an upturned nose and eyes the color of his palace.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • They may have been thinking, one or both, of a remote era, not yet come to dawn, or they may have been thinking, with the facile imagination of those days, of a period even earlier than our own.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • During the eighteen months Philip had known him Clutton had grown more harsh and bitter; though he would not come out into the open and compete with his fellows, he was indignant with the facile success of those who did.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • LADY P: All our English writers, I mean such as are happy in the Italian, Will deign to steal out of this author, mainly: Almost as much, as from Montagnie; He has so modern and facile a vein, Fitting the time, and catching the court-ear!
    Ben Jonson  --  Volpone
  • Your facile brain and your imperial presence didn’t help you very much when you saw Paree, huh?
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • ’To the Devil with you and your prison,’ retorted Rigaud, leisurely, as he took from his pocket a case containing the materials for making cigarettes, and employed his facile hands in folding a few for present use; ’I care for neither of you.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Half an hour later they were arguing ferociously, Martin asserting that the whole world ought to stop warring and trading and writing and get straightway into laboratories to observe new phenomena; Gottlieb insisting that there were already too many facile scientists, that the one thing necessary was the mathematical analysis (and often the destruction) of phenomena already observed.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • …the older boy, too, smarting from his own dismal performances at school, convinced himself that the deep inward turning of the spirit, the brooding retreat into the secret place, which he recognized in the mysterious hypnotic power of language over Eugene, was not only a species of indolence, for the only work he recognized was that which strained at weight or sweated in the facile waggery of the tongue, but that it was moreover the indulgence of a "selfish" family-forgetting spirit.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • In religion he could be, as long as it suited him, the facile echo of Dorothea’s vagaries.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Facile natures, whose emotions have little permanence, can hardly understand how much inward resistance he overcame before he rose from his seat and turned towards Arthur.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • He had a hard grin that mocked whatever facile sentiments you might be tempted to shelter in the name of your personal conspiracy credo.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • "I am feeling very old to-day, Amory," she would sigh, her face a rare cameo of pathos, her voice exquisitely modulated, her hands as facile as Bernhardt’s.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • The last scene was laid on a roof-garden, and the ’cellos sighed to the musical moon, while light adventure and facile froth-like comedy flitted back and forth in the calcium.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
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