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Faci'lity. n.s. [facilitè, French; facilitas, Latin.]

  1. Easiness to be performed; freedom from difficulty.

    Yet reason saith, reason should have ability
    To hold these worldly things in such proportion,
    As let them come or go with even facility.
    Sidney, b. ii.

    Piety could not be diverted from this to a more commodious business by any motives of profit or facility. Raleigh.

    A war upon the Turks is more worthy than upon any other Gentiles, both in point of religion and in point of honour; though facility and hope of success might invite some other choice. Bacon's Holy War.

  2. Readiness in performing; dexterity.

    They who have studied have not only learned many excellent things, but also have acquired a great facility of profiting themselves by reading good authors. Dryden's Dufresnoy.

    The facility which we get of doing things, by a custom of doing, makes them often pass in us without our notice. Locke.

  3. Vitious ductility; easiness to be persuaded to good or bad; to ready compliance.

    Facility is worse than bribery; for bribes come now and then: but if importunity or idle respects lead a man, he shall never be without. Bacon, Essay 11.

    'Tis a great error to take facility for good-nature; tenderness, without distinction, is no better than a more pardonable folly. L'Estrange, Fable 30.

  4. Easiness of access; complaisance; condescension; affability.

    He opens and yields himself to the man of business with difficulty and reluctancy; but offers himself to the visits of a friend with facility, and all the meeting readiness of appetite and desire. South's Sermons.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Dryden, John (788) · L'Estrange, Roger (131) · Locke, John (269) · Raleigh, Walter (68) · Sidney, Philip (140) · South, Robert (158)

Attributes: French (385) · Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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