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I found the meaning of facile is easy, getting something without effort.

I have read those sentences. But can't understand it clearly.

I'm trying to understand where is facile used mostly.

What does it mean by

facile optimism
facile response
facile manner
facile ground
facile argument

Facile optimism which we pointed to throughout much of the 1980s is still there.

I took all these from

Can anyone post some sentences using facile? It would be helpful for me to understand facile better. Please don't post sentence with same meaning of facile, rather post sentence with different meaning of facile.

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closed as general reference by Andrew Leach, MετάEd, tchrist, FumbleFingers, Robusto Sep 13 '12 at 14:37

This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed specifically to find that type of information.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

try to google the word. –  Kris Sep 13 '12 at 13:06
Can be voted to close. Folks, do not down vote instead. –  Kris Sep 13 '12 at 13:07
Do you think i didn't google it. I have some problem understanding it in sentences. –  user26158 Sep 13 '12 at 13:07
If you must use Google, use the "define" search: [ define facile ]. Better yet, use a good dictionary. Lots of people here recommend the Oxford online dictionaries and the Macmillan online dictionary. Or go to and look up a word or phrase in many dictionaries at once. –  MετάEd Sep 13 '12 at 13:29
Incidentally, your sense of site etiquette is good: you did research before posting, and you showed the results of your research. But if your question is about the meaning of a word, it is probably better to show the definitions you found, not just examples, and to explain what was inadequate or confusing about them. –  MετάEd Sep 13 '12 at 13:31

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This is a facile response.

This is a superficial response.

If you don't understand what 'facile' is, then look at the synonyms. The biggest one being 'superficial'. If you don't understand what 'superficial' is, then here is a definition.

One that you may take interest in:

c : presenting only an appearance without substance or significance

As I should know, when I say 'This is a facile response', I was down-voted because it was a 'This is an unsubstantial response'. 'This response holds no significance'.

Therefore (taking out all that I've just given you):

This is a facile response

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Yes, i think, it can be used in this way. –  user26158 Sep 13 '12 at 13:48
@guru if this helped you understand, please mark as best answer so people know that you've found what you were looking for. Glad to help! –  Souta Sep 13 '12 at 13:52