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

adj easily managed (controlled or taught or molded)

tractable young minds”
“"the natives...being...of an intelligent tractable disposition"- Samuel Butler”
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, teachable
ready and willing to be taught
tamable, tameable
capable of being tamed
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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adj readily reacting to suggestions and influences

(often followed by `of' or `to') yielding readily to or capable of

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