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tractable

[trak-tuh-buh l] /ˈtræk tə bəl/
adjective
1.
easily managed or controlled; docile; yielding:
a tractable child; a tractable disposition.
2.
easily worked, shaped, or otherwise handled; malleable.
Origin
1495-1505
1495-1505; < Latin tractābilis, equivalent to tractā(re) to handle, deal with (frequentative of trahere to draw) + -bilis -ble
Related forms
tractability, tractableness, noun
tractably, adverb
nontractability, noun
nontractable, adjective
nontractableness, noun
nontractably, adverb
untractability, noun
untractable, adjective
untractableness, noun
untractably, adverb
Synonyms
1. manageable, willing, governable.
Antonyms
1. stubborn.
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British Dictionary definitions for tractably

tractable

/ˈtræktəbəl/
adjective
1.
easily controlled or persuaded
2.
readily worked; malleable
Derived Forms
tractability, tractableness, noun
tractably, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin tractābilis, from tractāre to manage, from trahere to draw
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Word Origin and History for tractably

tractable

adj.

"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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