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adjective trac·ta·ble \ˈtrak-tə-bəl\

Simple Definition of tractable

  • : easily managed or controlled

  • : willing to learn or be guided by another

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of tractable

  1. 1 :  capable of being easily led, taught, or controlled :  docile <a tractable horse>

  2. 2 :  easily handled, managed, or wrought :  malleable

tractability play \ˌtrak-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
tractableness play \ˈtrak-tə-bəl-nəs\ noun
tractably play \-blē\ adverb

Examples of tractable in a sentence

  1. This new approach should make the problem more tractable.

  2. He's a very tractable child.

Did You Know?

Obedient, docile, and amenable are synonyms of tractable, but those four words have slightly different shades of meaning. Tractable describes an individual whose character permits easy handling, while docile implies a predisposition to submit readily to authority. Obedient is often used to describe compliance with authority, although that compliance is not necessarily offered eagerly. Amenable, on the other hand, is usually used when one cooperates out of a desire to be agreeable. Tractable dates from the early 16th century and derives from the Latin verb tractare ("to handle" or "to treat"). Despite the resemblance, this root did not give us the noun tractor or verbs such as contract or attract-those all derive from a loosely related Latin verb trahere ("to draw or drag").

Origin of tractable

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>.

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