What does the word tractable mean?

Usage examples for tractable

  1. A tractable people may be governed in large bodies: but in proportion as they depart from this character, the extent of their government must be less. – Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson
  2. In all instances, these simple people appear to have been extremely tractable, and meekly and even cheerfully to have resigned their rights to the white men, when treated with gentleness and humanity. – The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus (Vol. II) by Washington Irving
  3. Although his slow progress inevitably bored the crew, still, it offered that one precious ray of hope, and they became so tractable that even the Doctors noticed it. – The Hero by Elaine Wilber