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 ?
He was, in fact, noted for preferring vicious animals, given to all kinds of tricks which kept the rider in constant risk of his neck, for he held a tractable, wellbroken horse as unworthy of a lad of spirit.
The "woman" was more tractable, and for a dime Jurgis secured two thick sandwiches and a piece of pie and two apples.
Well, I took him in hand, and in one fortnight I had him tamed down as submissive and tractable as heart could desire.
To women who please me only by their faces, I am the very devil when I find out they have neither souls nor hearts--when they open to me a perspective of flatness, triviality, and perhaps imbecility, coarseness, and ill-temper: but to the clear eye and eloquent tongue, to the soul made of fire, and the character that bends but does not break--at once supple and stable, tractable and consistent- -I am ever tender and true.
heels were now armed, began to make the worthy Prior repent of his courtesy, and ejaculate, ``Nay, but fair sir, now I bethink me, my Malkin abideth not the spur Better it were that you tarry for the mare of our manciple down at the Grange, which may be had in little more than an hour, and cannot but be tractable, in respect that she draweth much of our winter fire-wood, and eateth no corn.
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.
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.
As a tame and tractable energy, Electricity is new.
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.
But in the sciences of morals and politics, men are found far less tractable.
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.
replied Danglars, pleased to find the other so tractable.