If your little brother quietly obeys your instructions and waits for you at the food court while you and your friends wander around the mall, he's probably a tractable child, meaning he's obedient, flexible, and responds well to directions.

Note the similarity between tractable and tractor. Both come from the Latin word tractare, which originally meant "to drag about." You can think of a tractable person as someone who can be dragged about easily, like a plow being dragged by a tractor.

Definitions of tractable
  1. adjective
    easily managed (controlled or taught or molded)
    tractable young minds”
    synonyms: manipulable
    disposed or willing to comply
    capable of being managed or controlled
    dutifully complying with the commands or instructions of those in authority
    willing to be taught or led or supervised or directed
    tame, tamed
    brought from wildness into a domesticated state
    ductile, malleable
    easily influenced
    docile, educable, teachable
    ready and willing to be taught
    tamable, tameable
    capable of being tamed
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    not tractable; difficult to manage or mold
    defiant, noncompliant
    boldly resisting authority or an opposing force
    difficult, unmanageable
    hard to control
    not obeying or complying with commands of those in authority
    obstinate, stubborn, unregenerate
    tenaciously unwilling or marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield
    untamed, wild
    in a natural state; not tamed or domesticated or cultivated
    balking, balky
    stopping short and refusing to go on
    refractory, stubborn
    not responding to treatment
    uncontrollable, unmanageable
    difficult to solve or alleviate
    difficult or impossible to shape or work
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  2. adjective
    readily reacting to suggestions and influences
    synonyms: amenable
    (often followed by `of' or `to') yielding readily to or capable of
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