- easily managed or controlled; docile; yielding: a tractable child; a tractable disposition.
- easily worked, shaped, or otherwise handled; malleable.
Origin of tractable
1495–1505; < Latin tractābilis, equivalent to tractā(re) to handle, deal with (frequentative of trahere to draw) + -bilis -ble
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Examples from the Web for tractability
I need not have been so surprised as I was at his tractability.Lord Jim
For once Margaret miscalculated the tractability of her father's temper.Anne of Geierstein
But he only said this to keep up his courage, and not to be ashamed of his tractability.From a Swedish Homestead
Their suspicions would be lulled by my tractability and their contempt.The Firefly Of France
Marion Polk Angellotti
There was nothing marvellous in the fact of her tractability thus far.The Well-Beloved
- easily controlled or persuaded
- readily worked; malleable
C16: from Latin tractābilis, from tractāre to manage, from trahere to draw
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Word Origin and History for tractability
"manageable," early 15c., from Latin tractabilis "that may be touched, handled, or managed," from tractare "to handle, manage" (see treat). Related: Tractability.
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