Definition of tractable in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtraktəb(ə)l/


1(Of a person or animal) easy to control or influence: tractable dogs that have had some obedience training
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  • Humans would have selected (and been more able to control) animals with neotenic variations because they were more tractable.
  • In either case, I'm sad about the state of things: I'd like to see more men take up writing; and I'd liked to think that men are more tractable, more teachable than it appears we are.
  • The enemy is more tractable if he is confused about the source of the attack and thinks it may be coming from his next-door neighbor.
1.1(Of a situation or problem) easy to deal with: trying to make the mathematics tractable
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  • While very difficult to retrofit, this is a tractable problem for a ground-up system design.
  • But if 90% of what he does is positive, which it is, then that seems like a tractable problem to me.
  • The method is computationally intensive, but for tractable cases it is the method of choice.



Pronunciation: /ˌtraktəˈbilədē/
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  • For its part, the Council will put in place proper recycling facilities with tractability and accountability to ensure best environmental practice and reuse of scarce resources.
  • He added that this is undermining the confidence consumers have in the quality and tractability of Irish potatoes with potentially very damaging consequences for growers.
  • You should always be able to provide tractability for all feed purchased on your farm.


Pronunciation: /-blē/
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  • And if time permits we will discuss the case of sparse high dimensional data and the computational issues in tractably building very large probabilistic models from such data.
  • This talk is about recent work on new ways to exploit preprocessed views of data tables for tractably solving big statistical queries.
  • Thus our work enables experts in other fields to accurately and tractably mine massive data streams in their area of interest.


Early 16th century: from Latin tractabilis, from tractare 'to handle' (see tractate).

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