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Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Definitions for tractable

  1. Capable of being easily led, taught, or managed; docile.
  2. Easily handled, managed, or worked; malleable.

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Citations for tractable
I have always found horses, an animal I am attached to, very tractable when treated with humanity and steadiness. Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
He thought that our temperaments are at least partly innate: "Some men by unalterable frame of their constitution are stout, others timorous, some confident, others modest and tractable." Jonathan Weiner, Time, Love, Memory
Origin of tractable
1495-1505
Tractable derives from Latin tractabilis, from tractare, to handle, to manage, frequentative of traho, to draw, to drag.