- easily managed or controlled; docile; yielding: a tractable child; a tractable disposition.
- easily worked, shaped, or otherwise handled; malleable.
Origin of tractable
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Antonyms for tractable
Related Words for tractableamenable, complaisant, compliant, docile, ductile, facile, flexible, game, governable, malleable, meek, obedient, persuadable, plastic, pliable, pliant, subdued, submissive, tame, willing
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Historical Examples of tractable
Flagg found him a tractable sitter, and a most interesting one.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
Under the eye of his master he is the most tractable of all beings.The Philippine Islands
The Alseas are not so tractable, and exhibit but little desire for improvement.The Indian Question (1874)
Francis A. Walker
Do you mean that her schoolmistress does not find her tractable?A True Friend
She tendered her now tractable guest a second cup of coffee.Laramie Holds the Range
Frank H. Spearman
- easily controlled or persuaded
- readily worked; malleable
Word Origin for tractable
"manageable," early 15c., from Latin tractabilis "that may be touched, handled, or managed," from tractare "to handle, manage" (see treat). Related: Tractability.