Tractable

  • 1 Tractable — Tract a*ble, a. [L. tractabilis, fr, tractare to draw violently, to handle, treat. See {Treat}, v. t.] 1. Capable of being easily led, taught, or managed; docile; manageable; governable; as, tractable children; a tractable learner. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 tractable — [ traktabl ] adj. • v. 1965; de tracter ♦ Qu on peut tracter. Caravane tractable. ● tractable adjectif Qu on peut tracter. tractable [tʀaktabl] adj. ÉTYM. V. 1965; de …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 3 Tractable — may mean *Operation Tractable, a military operation in Normandy 1944 *Tractability concerning how easily something can be done **an example of such analysis is in computational complexity theory **another involves the use of mathematical closed… …

    Wikipedia

  • 4 tractable — I adjective acquiescent, adaptable, amenable, bendable, compliant, conformable, controllable, docile, docilis, ductile, easily lead, easily managed, easily taught, easygoing, elastic, facile, facilis, flexible, flexile, formable, governable,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 tractable — (adj.) manageable, early 15c., from L. tractabilis that may be touched, handled, or managed, from tractare to handle, manage (see TREAT (Cf. treat)). Related: Tractability …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 tractable — amenable, biddable, docile, *obedient Analogous words: pliant, pliable, *plastic: submissive, subdued (see TAME): *compliant, acquiescent Antonyms: intractable: unruly Contrasted words: ungovernable, refractory, headstrong, willful (see UNRULY):… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 tractable — [adj] manageable acquiescent, amenable, biddable, complaisant, compliant, controllable, docile, ductile, facile, flexible, game, going along with*, governable, hanging loose*, malleable, meek, obedient, persuadable, plastic, pliable, pliant,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 tractable — ► ADJECTIVE 1) easy to control or influence. 2) (of a situation or problem) easy to deal with. DERIVATIVES tractability noun. ORIGIN Latin tractabilis, from tractare to handle …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 tractable — [trak′tə bəl] adj. [L tractabilis < tractare, to drag, haul, freq. of trahere, to DRAW] 1. easily managed, taught, or controlled; docile; compliant 2. easily worked; malleable SYN. OBEDIENT tractability n. tractableness tractably adv …

    English World dictionary

  • 10 tractable — [[t]træ̱ktəb(ə)l[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you say that a person, problem, or device is tractable, you mean that they can be easily controlled or dealt with. [FORMAL] He could easily manage his tractable and worshipping younger brother. ...the country s …

    English dictionary

  • 11 tractable — tractability, tractableness, n. tractably, adv. /trak teuh beuhl/, adj. 1. easily managed or controlled; docile; yielding: a tractable child; a tractable disposition. 2. easily worked, shaped, or otherwise handled; malleable. [1495 1505; < L… …

    Universalium

  • 12 tractable — adjective /ˈtɹæk.tə.bəl/ a) Capable of being easily led, taught, or managed; docile; manageable; governable. I have always found horses, an animal I am attached to, very tractable when treated with humanity and steadiness. b) Capable of being… …

    Wiktionary

  • 13 tractable — adjective Etymology: Latin tractabilis, from tractare to handle, treat Date: 1502 1. capable of being easily led, taught, or controlled ; docile < a tractable horse > 2. easily handled, managed, or wrought ; malleable Synonyms: see obedient •… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 14 tractable — trac|ta|ble [ˈtræktəbəl] adj formal [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: tractabilis, from tractare to draw out, handle, treat , from trahere to pull ] easy to control or deal with ≠ ↑intractable ▪ The issues have proved to be less tractable than… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 tractable — adjective formal easy to control or deal with: Separating a problem into separate chunks often makes it more tractable. opposite intractable tractability noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 tractable — adjective our preschool teachers disagree with the statement that children are becoming less tractable every year Syn: malleable, manageable, amenable, pliable, governable, yielding, complaisant, compliant, game, persuadable, accommodating,… …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 17 tractable — Synonyms and related words: acquiescent, adaptable, adaptive, adjustable, agreeable, alacritous, amenable, ardent, bendable, bending, biddable, complaisant, compliant, conformable, consenting, content, convenient, cooperative, disposed, docile,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 18 tractable — trac|ta|ble Mot Pla Adjectiu invariable …

    Diccionari Català-Català

  • 19 tractable — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. docile, well behaved, manageable, adaptable, yielding, compliant; malleable, plastic. See facility, softness, obedience. II (Roget s IV) modif. 1. [Obedient] Syn. docile, compliant, willing; see… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 tractable — trac|ta|ble [ træktəbl ] adjective VERY FORMAL easy to deal with ─ opposite INTRACTABLE …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English