(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 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,Milton.
Lost Paradise, deceived by me.
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.
Fac"ile*ly, adv. Fac"ile*ness, n.
(Fa*cil"i*tate) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Facilitated (-ta`ted); p. pr. & vb. n. Facilitating ] [Cf. F.
faciliter. See Facility.] To make easy or less difficult; to free from difficulty or impediment; to lessen the
labor of; as, to facilitate the execution of a task.
To invite and facilitate that line of proceeding which the times call for.I. Taylor.
(Fa*cil`i*ta"tion) n. The act of facilitating or making easy.
(Fa*cil"i*ty) n.; pl. Facilities (- tiz). [L. facilitas, fr. facilis easy: cf. F. facilité. See Facile.]
1. The quality of being easily performed; freedom from difficulty; ease; as, the facility of an operation.
The facility with which government has been overturned in France.Burke.
2. Ease in performance; readiness proceeding from skill or use; dexterity; as, practice gives a wonderful
facility in executing works of art.
3. Easiness to be persuaded; readiness or compliance; usually in a bad sense; pliancy.
It is a great error to take facility for good nature.L'Estrange.
4. Easiness of access; complaisance; affability.
Offers himself to the visits of a friend with facility.South.
5. That which promotes the ease of any action or course of conduct; advantage; aid; assistance; usually
in the plural; as, special facilities for study.
Syn. Ease; expertness; readiness; dexterity; complaisance; condescension; affability. Facility, Expertness,
Readiness. These words have in common the idea of performing any act with ease and promptitude.
Facility supposes a natural or acquired power of dispatching a task with lightness and ease. Expertness