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Definition of "tractable" [tract•a•ble]

  • Easily managed or controlled; governable. (adjective)
  • Easily handled or worked; malleable. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "tractable" in a sentence
  • "I was what they call a tractable child, being, in fact, too little interested in the world as it was to resent any duties cast upon me."
  • "Interestingly, many pop boooks say the opposite; Oriental sighthounds, huskies, laikas are not neccessarily "tractable"-- they figure things out, and you must work with them."
  • "He did not become docile by any means, but he was tractable, which is to say that he did as he was bidden with a minimum of urging; he was intelligent, divining, and learned quickly."