Definition of Tractable

1. Adjective. Easily managed (controlled or taught or molded). "The natives...being...of an intelligent tractable disposition"

2. Adjective. Readily reacting to suggestions and influences. "A responsive student"
Exact synonyms: Amenable
Similar to: Susceptible
Derivative terms: Amenability, Amenableness, Tractability, Tractableness

Definition of Tractable

1. a. Capable of being easily led, taught, or managed; docile; manageable; governable; as, tractable children; a tractable learner.

Definition of Tractable

1. Adjective. Capable of being easily led, taught, or managed; docile; manageable; governable. ¹

2. Adjective. Capable of being shaped; malleable. ¹

3. Adjective. (obsolete) Capable of being handled or touched; palpable; practicable; feasible; serviceable.(R:Webster 1913) ¹

4. Adjective. (mathematics) Sufficiently operationalizable or useful to allow a mathematical calculation to proceed toward a solution. ¹

5. Adjective. (computer science) Of a decision problem, algorithmically solvable fast enough to be practically relevant, typically in polynomial time. ¹

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Definition of Tractable

1. [adj]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Tractable

tract home
tract homes
tract house
tract housing
tract of Goll
tract of Munzer and Wiener
tract of Schutz
tractable (current term)
traction alopecia
traction atrophy
traction diverticulum

Literary usage of Tractable

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Dictionary of the English Language: In which the Words are Deduced from Samuel Johnson by Samuel Johnson (1805)
"tractable obedience is a slave If thou dost find him tractable to us, Encourage him, and tell him all our reasons; If he be leaden, icy, cold, unwilling, ..."

2. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1887)
"His soft and tractable disposition received the fair impression of their judicious precepts, and rhe absence of passion might easily be mistaken for the ..."

3. The History of England by David Hume, Tobias George Smollett (1825)
"The other allies become more tractable— —§ XXII. The peace with France signed at Utrecht—§ XXIII. Both houses of parliament congratulate the queen on the ..."

4. A History of the Earth and Animated Nature by Oliver Goldsmith (1856)
"Arrived at adolescence he begins lobe less tractable, and, in a short time, refuses submission of every kind. Good treatment and bad, are equally without ..."

5. Tracts and Other Papers Relating Principally to the Origin, Settlement, and by Peter Force (1838)
"The first setting forth the Originall of the Natives, their Manners and Customs. Together with their tractable Nature and Love towards the English. II. ..."

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