[ trak-tuh-buhl ]
/ ˈtræk tə bəl /


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

Nearby words

  1. trackway,
  2. track‐train dynamics,
  3. tract,
  4. tract house,
  5. tract society,
  6. tractarian,
  7. tractarianism,
  8. tractate,
  9. tractile,
  10. tractility

Origin of tractable

1495–1505; < Latin tractābilis, equivalent to tractā(re) to handle, deal with (frequentative of trahere to draw) + -bilis -ble

SYNONYMS FOR tractable
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British Dictionary definitions for untractable


/ (ˈtræktəbəl) /


easily controlled or persuaded
readily worked; malleable
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 untractable



"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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