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tractable

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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

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

trac·ta·bil·i·ty play \ˌtrak-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
trac·ta·ble·ness play \ˈtrak-tə-bəl-nəs\ noun
trac·ta·bly play \-blē\ adverb

Examples of tractable

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

  2. He's a very tractable child.



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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