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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Fac"ile
  1. Easy to be done or performed: not difficult; performable or attainable with little labor."Order . . . will render the work facile and delightful." [Evelyn.]
  2. Easy to be surmounted or removed; easily conquerable; readily mastered."The facile gates of hell too slightly barred." [Milton.]
  3. Easy of access or converse; mild; courteous; not haughty, austere, or distant; affable; complaisant."I meant she should be courteous, facile, sweet." [B. Jonson.]
  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. Wilson.]
  5. Ready; quick; expert; as, he is facile in expedients; he wields a facile pen.

Etymology: 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

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  1. Expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively ("able to dazzle with his facile tongue")
  2. Performing adroitly and without effort ("a facile hand")
  3. Superficially impressive, but lacking depth and attention to the true complexities of a subject ("too facile a solution for so complex a problem")

From Middle French facile, from Latin facilis (“easy to do, easy, doable”), from faciō (“I do, make”). Compare Spanish fácil ("easy").

facile was also found in the following language(s): Esperanto, French, Interlingua, Italian, Latin, and Middle French

Fun Facts about the name Facile

  • When was the first name Facile first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Facile is Friday, February 22nd, 1924.
  • How unique is the name Facile? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Facile. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Facile: Your name in reverse order is Elicaf. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Flicae. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Facile born May 18, 1995

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Central Africa approximately on 1550. Your profession was farmer, weaver, and tailor.

You were a seeker of truth and wisdom. You could have seen your future lives. Others perceived you as an idealist illuminating path to the future. Your lesson - development and expansion of your mental consciousness. Find good teacher, spend a part of your time and energy on his wisdom.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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