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  1. easily managed or controlled; docile; yielding: a tractable child; a tractable disposition.
  2. easily worked, shaped, or otherwise handled; malleable.
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Origin of tractable

1495–1505; < Latin tractābilis, equivalent to tractā(re) to handle, deal with (frequentative of trahere to draw) + -bilis -ble
Related formstrac·ta·bil·i·ty, trac·ta·ble·ness, nountrac·ta·bly, adverbnon·trac·ta·bil·i·ty, nounnon·trac·ta·ble, adjectivenon·trac·ta·ble·ness, nounnon·trac·ta·bly, adverbun·trac·ta·bil·i·ty, nounun·trac·ta·ble, adjectiveun·trac·ta·ble·ness, nounun·trac·ta·bly, adverb

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Related Words for tractable

amenable, 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 Alseas are not so tractable, and exhibit but little desire for improvement.

  • Do you mean that her schoolmistress does not find her tractable?

    A True Friend

    Adeline Sergeant

  • She tendered her now tractable guest a second cup of coffee.

    Laramie Holds the Range

    Frank H. Spearman

British Dictionary definitions for tractable


  1. easily controlled or persuaded
  2. readily worked; malleable
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Derived Formstractability or tractableness, nountractably, adverb

Word Origin for tractable

C16: from Latin tractābilis, from tractāre to manage, from trahere to draw
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Word Origin and History for tractable


"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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