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]

I shall find them tractable enough. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Capable of being handled; palpable; practicable; feasible; as, tractable measures. [Obs.] --Holder. [1913 Webster] --{Tract"a*ble*ness}, n. -- {Tract"a/bly}, adv. [1913 Webster]

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