Definition of tractate in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈtrakteɪt


A treatise.
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  • Thomas's early discussion of the way theoretical sciences are distinguished from one another in the course of his exposition of the tractate of Boethius On the Trinity is masterful.
  • Quite apart from his magnum opus, the Consolation of Philosophy, there were translations of Aristotle, and a number of short tractates on music, arithmetic and Christian theology.
  • It does not contain any references to Jesus, though this is hardly surprising since it contains sixty-three tractates of religious law.


late 15th century: from Latin tractatus, from tractare 'to handle', frequentative of trahere 'draw'.

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