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[trak-teyt] /ˈtræk teɪt/
a treatise; essay.
Origin of tractate
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Medieval Latin tractātus, Latin: handling, treatment, equivalent to tractā(re) to handle, treat (frequentative of trahere to draw) + -tus suffix of v. action Unabridged
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  • The tractate is described as a very elaborate and learned compilation from the Fathers upon the sanctity of the Sabbath.

    East Anglia J. Ewing Ritchie
  • The Mishnic tractate Sabbath stands at the head of twelve tractates on festivals.

    Flowers of Freethought George W. Foote
  • He realized in the cultivation of himself his definition of education, given in his tractate 'Of Education.

  • Hippocrates, in the tractate on "Ancient Medicine," has a splendid paragraph on the attitude of mind towards the men of the past.

  • In his tractate on Education there is not a word on the education of girls, and yet he wanted an intellectual female companion.

    Life of John Milton Richard Garnett
  • The imperfections include the first leaf, and two leaves in the second chapitre of the fourth tractate, the end is all right.

  • His tractate on Education contains peculiar views of a curriculum of study, but is charmingly written.

  • Eventually light came to me through reading a passage in a tractate on the Creed by Rufinus.

  • The great defect of this tractate (but its brevity makes178 the defect of less importance) is its singular want of method.

    Locke Thomas Fowler
  • Milton seemed to like the work of teaching, and it was during this period that his "tractate" was written.

    History of Education Levi Seeley
British Dictionary definitions for tractate


a short tract; treatise
(Judaism) one of the volumes of the Talmud
Word Origin
C15: from Latin tractātus, from tractāre to handle; see tractable
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