adjective trac·ta·ble \ˈtrak-tə-bəl\

: easily managed or controlled

: willing to learn or be guided by another

Full Definition of TRACTABLE

:  capable of being easily led, taught, or controlled :  docile <a tractable horse>
:  easily handled, managed, or wrought :  malleable
trac·ta·bil·i·ty \ˌtrak-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
trac·ta·ble·ness \ˈtrak-tə-bəl-nəs\ noun
trac·ta·bly \-blē\ adverb

Examples of TRACTABLE

  1. This new approach should make the problem more tractable.
  2. He's a very tractable child.


Latin tractabilis, from tractare to handle, treat
First Known Use: 1502

Synonym Discussion of TRACTABLE

obedient, docile, tractable, amenable mean submissive to the will of another. obedient implies compliance with the demands or requests of one in authority <obedient to the government>. docile implies a predisposition to submit readily to control or guidance <a docile child>. tractable suggests having a character that permits easy handling or managing <tractable animals>. amenable suggests a willingness to yield or cooperate because of a desire to be agreeable or because of a natural open-mindedness <amenable to new ideas>.

Rhymes with TRACTABLE


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