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Definition superficial (lacking depth)


skillful or easily achieved
  • 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.
  • He invented a facile excuse...
    Wilde, Oscar  --  The Picture Of Dorian Gray
  • Let us remember the tragedy of Azzolati the ruthless, the ridiculous financier with a criminal soul (or shall we say heart) and facile tears.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  The Arrow of Gold
  • This facile adaptation was at once the symptom of perfect health and its best preservative.
    Hawthorne, Nathaniel  --  House Of Seven Gables
  • Among the others Thomas Carew follows the classical principles of Jonson in lyrics which are facile, smooth, and sometimes a little frigid.
    Fletcher, Robert Huntington  --  A History of English Literature
  • There is no other way of accounting for their facile docility.
    Twain, Mark  --  A Tramp Abroad
  • able to dazzle with his facile tongue
  • a facile hand
  • In a thousand ways he smoothed for me the path of knowledge and made the most abstruse inquiries clear and facile to my apprehension.
    Shelley, Mary  --  Frankenstein
  • 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
  • He gave her facile masculine advice.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • She longed to be able to throw into her voice the facile passion of a light woman.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • And it was probably facile to compare the responses of the United States and Cuba.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • 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
  • And Raphael now, to Adam's doubt proposed, Benevolent and facile thus replied.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Your facile brain and your imperial presence didn't help you very much when you saw Paree, huh?
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • And your mind is as facile as a young lamb leaping in a daisy field.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • 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

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