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tractātus , ūs, m. tracto,
I.a touching, handling, working.
II. Trop., a handling, management, treatment (class.; esp. freq. in Quint.): artium (corresp. to the preced. tractantur), * Cic. de Or. 3, 23, 86: “asperiorum tractatu rerum atteruntur (ingenia),Quint. 8, prooem. § 2; so, “artis hujusce,id. ib. § 5: “communis locorum,id. 12, 8, 2: “temporis,id. 5, 10, 42: “troporum,id. 1, 8, 16: “aequi bonique,id. 12, 1, 8; 12, 2, 3: “judicialis officii,Gell. 14, 2, 20; Vell. 2, 94, 4.—In plur.: “tractatus omnes,Quint. 7, 6, 12: “legales,id. 3, 8, 4.—
2. Esp., of mental handling. reflection, consideration: “de copiis expensisque,Veg. Mil. 3, 3; Dig. 19, 5, 5: “si cognitio prolixiorem tractatum habeat,ib. 36, 1, 3: “in tractatu habere,Lact. Mort. Pers. 48, 2. —
3. A consultation, discussion: “cum tractatu habito societas coïta est,Dig. 17, 2, 32:diu multumque tractatu inter nos habito,Cypr. Ep. 3, 3. —
B. Transf., in concr.
1. A treatise, tractate, tract: “separatim toto tractatu sententia ejus judicanda est,Plin. 14, 4, 5, § 45.—
2. In eccl. Lat., a sermon, homily: “tractatus populares, quos Graece homilias vocant,Aug. Haeres. 4 praef.
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