/trak"tayt/, n.
a treatise; essay.
[1425-75; late ME < ML tractatus, L: handling, treatment, equiv. to tracta(re) to handle, treat (freq. of trahere to draw) + -tus suffix of v. action]

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  • tractate — [trak′tāt΄] n. [LL tractatus, discussion, treatise < pp. of L tractare: see TRACTABLE] a treatise or dissertation …   English World dictionary

  • tractate — noun Etymology: Latin tractatus, from tractare to draw out, handle, treat more at treat Date: 15th century treatise, dissertation …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • tractate — noun a treatise See Also: tract, treatise …   Wiktionary

  • tractate — n. treatise, tract …   English contemporary dictionary

  • tractate — [ trakteɪt] noun formal a treatise. Origin C15: from L. tractatus, from tractare to handle …   English new terms dictionary

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