[Word-ology] Tractable = Tract + Able

💡Time for [Word-ology] again, a column making English learning easier!💡

Before today’s learning, let’s check the answers to the last episode.

principal= prin[prim, first]+cip[take]+-al[a.]
Definition: first in order of importance

emancipate= e-[out]+man[hand] +cip[take]+-ate[v.]
Definition: to give people social or political freedom and rights


Today we will learn the new root “tract“. It means “draw” and is used in many words. Let’s see the word “tractable” together.

In the word “tractable“, “tract” means “draw“, “able” means “able“. By combining them together we can deduce that “tractable” means “able to draw

In Merriam-webster Dictionary, “tractable” means “easily managed“, which is highly similar to what we’ve deduced.

Here are one examples to use “tractable” :

Clearly, they expect more offers will be made to induce them to be more tractable.


Now it’s your time to figure out the meanings of the following words!

contract= con[together]+tract[draw]

abstract= abs[away]+tract[draw]


That’s all for [Word-ology] today!

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