Facile

It’s a word I see a lot in materials chemistry articles, and one I’m increasingly disliking because it is so casually used. It’s something of a cliché now to describe the synthesis or preparation of some material, at the very least in the field I work in, as “facile”, instead of, say, “simple”.

Anyway, I saw it again today in an article, used in a similarly generous context, and out of interest decided to quickly look up the dictionary definition via Google:

facile
/fasʌɪl,-sɪl/
adjective
1. ignoring the true complexities of an issue; superficial. “facile generalizations”

Somehow it seems like it might be more appropriate some of the time. Maybe I should start my own glossary of battery science clichés?

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