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Saturday, January 13, 2007

tractable

\TRAK-tuh-buhl\ , adjective;
1.
Capable of being easily led, taught, or managed; docile.
2.
Easily handled, managed, or worked; malleable.
Quotes:
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
Alice gets out her calculator and begins solving what, for her, is a far more tractable kind of problem.
-- Stephen S. Hall, "The Smart Set", New York Times Magazine, June 4, 2000
Origin:
Tractable derives from Latin tractabilis, from tractare, to handle, to manage, frequentative of traho, to draw, to drag.
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