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tractable adj
1 easily managed (controlled or taught or molded); "tractable young minds"; "gold is tractable"; "the natives...being...of an intelligent tractable disposition"- Samuel Butler [syn: manipulable] [ant: intractable]
2 readily reacting to suggestions and influences; "a responsive student" [syn: responsive, amenable]

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  1. Capable of being handled or touched; palpable; practicable; feasible; as, tractable measures.
    "I have always found horses, an animal I am attached to, very tractable when treated with humanity and steadiness." - Mary Wollstonecraft, "A Vindication of the Rights of Woman"
  1. Capable of being easily led, taught, or managed; docile; manageable; governable; as, tractable children; a tractable learner.


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