Word of The Day for Friday, April 15, 2011


trac•ta•ble (TRAK-tuh-buhl)  adj

1. easily managed or controlled; governable
2. easily handled or worked; malleable

tractability , tractableness noun; tractably adverb

1502; from L. tractabilis "that may be touched, handled, or managed," from tractare "to handle, manage" originally "drag about," frequentative of trahere (pp. tractus) "to pull, draw" from PIE base *tragh- "to draw, drag, move"

Synonyms: manageable, acquiescent, amenable, complaisant, compliant, controllable, docile, ductile, facile, flexible, governable, malleable, persuadable, pliable, pliant, tractile, yielding
Related Words: tract, treatise, treaty, treat, trattoria
Antonyms:  intractable

Sentence Examples:
• The mule is an unnatural animal, and hence more timid of man than the horse; and yet he is tractable, and capable of being taught to understand what you want him to do.  -The Mule, Harvey Riley

• The domination of the minds of tractable Man is not new. Many men have dreamed of it. Certainly some of them have tried. This man succeeded. -Rex Ex Machina, Frederic Max

• It is such a tractable, satisfactory wood to handle—a clean, docile, wholesome tree; burning without snapping or sputtering, easily worked up into stovewood, fine of grain, hard of texture, stately as a forest tree, comely and clean as a shade tree, glorious in autumn, a fountain of coolness in summer, sugar in its veins, gold in its foliage, warmth in its fibers, and health in it the year round. -Under the Maples, John  Burroughs

Sources: Free Dictionary, Online Etymology

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