tractable


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Related to tractable: malignity, wraithlike

trac·ta·ble

 (trăk′tə-bəl)
adj.
1. Easily managed or controlled; governable.
2. Easily handled or worked; malleable.

[Latin tractābilis, from tractāre, to manage, frequentative of trahere, to draw.]

trac′ta·bil′i·ty, trac′ta·ble·ness n.
trac′ta·bly adv.

tractable

(ˈtræktəbəl)
adj
1. easily controlled or persuaded
2. readily worked; malleable
[C16: from Latin tractābilis, from tractāre to manage, from trahere to draw]
ˌtractaˈbility, ˈtractableness n
ˈtractably adv

trac•ta•ble

(ˈtræk tə bəl)

adj.
1. easily managed or controlled; docile.
2. easily worked, shaped, or otherwise handled; malleable.
[1495–1505; < Latin tractābilis, derivative of tractā(re) to handle, deal with (frequentative of trahere to draw)]
trac`ta•bil′i•ty, trac′ta•ble•ness, n.
trac′ta•bly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.tractable - easily managed (controlled or taught or molded); "tractable young minds"; "the natives...being...of an intelligent tractable disposition"- Samuel Butler
compliant - disposed or willing to comply; "children compliant with the parental will"
manageable - capable of being managed or controlled
obedient - dutifully complying with the commands or instructions of those in authority; "an obedient soldier"; "obedient children"; "a little man obedient to his wife"; "the obedient colonies...are heavily taxed; the refractory remain unburdened"- Edmund Burke
docile - willing to be taught or led or supervised or directed; "the docile masses of an enslaved nation"
tamed, tame - brought from wildness into a domesticated state; "tame animals"; "fields of tame blueberries"
intractable - not tractable; difficult to manage or mold; "an intractable disposition"; "intractable pain"; "the most intractable issue of our era"; "intractable metal"
2.tractable - readily reacting to suggestions and influencestractable - readily reacting to suggestions and influences; "a responsive student"
susceptible - (often followed by `of' or `to') yielding readily to or capable of; "susceptible to colds"; "susceptible of proof"

tractable

adjective (Formal) manageable, obedient, compliant, willing, yielding, tame, amenable, submissive, docile, controllable, biddable, persuadable, governable He could easily manage his tractable younger brother.
manageable defiant, stubborn, unruly, wilful, obstinate, headstrong, stiff-necked, refractory

tractable

adjective
Willing to carry out the wishes of others:
Translations

tractable

[ˈtræktəbl] ADJ [person] → tratable; [problem] → soluble; [material] → dúctil, maleable

tractable

[ˈtræktəbəl] adj [person] → malléable; [problem] → facile à aborder
... the country's least tractable social problems → ... le problème social le moins facile à aborder pour ce paystract house n (US)pavillon m (dans un lotissement)

tractable

adj (lit) metal etcleicht zu bearbeiten, formbar; (fig) child, animal, dispositionfügsam, lenkbar; problemleicht lösbar

tractable

[ˈtræktəbl] adj (person) → accomodante; (animal) → docile
References in classic literature ?
These creatures, which are known as thoats, are as dangerous and vicious as their masters, but when once subdued are sufficiently tractable for the purposes of the green Martians.
He was knocked down by one of our soldiers, who had cut his throat but that the fathers prevented it: he then restored the cords, and was more tractable ever after.
And yet this Reginald, whom a very few words from me softened at once into the utmost submission, and rendered more tractable, more attached, more devoted than ever, would have left me in the first angry swelling of his proud heart without deigning to seek an explanation.
I understand you well," said my master: "it is now very plain, from all you have spoken, that whatever share of reason the YAHOOS pretend to, the HOUYHNHNMS are your masters; I heartily wish our YAHOOS would be so tractable.
But in the sciences of morals and politics, men are found far less tractable.
I never heard any harm of her; and I dare say she is one of the most tractable creatures in the world.
The Nez Perces are the most numerous and tractable of the three tribes just mentioned.
He never worked in it and found the soil unpacked and tractable without experiencing the thrill of accomplishment.
We had one prisoner, as I have said, and it was a long time before we could make him understand anything; but in time our men taught him some English, and he began to be a little tractable.
Tom Loker we left groaning and touzling in a most immaculately clean Quaker bed, under the motherly supervision of Aunt Dorcas, who found him to the full as tractable a patient as a sick bison.
Oh, now I have hit it," said Don Quixote; "thou wouldst say thou art so docile, tractable, and gentle that thou wilt take what I say to thee, and submit to what I teach thee.
Come," he said to himself, "let me try if he will be more tractable than the other;" and he tapped gently at the door.