bid·da·ble | \ˈbi-də-bəl \

Definition of biddable 

1 : easily led, taught, or controlled : docile

2 : capable of being bid

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biddability \ˌbi-də-ˈbi-lə-tē \ noun
biddably \ˈbi-də-blē \ adverb

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A biddable individual is someone you can issue an order to-that is, someone who will do your bidding. The word dates to the late 18th century, and our earliest evidence for it is a quote in the Scottish National Dictionary. There are a number of words in English that do what biddable does. Tractable, amenable, and docile are three of them. Biddable is often applied to children and indicates a ready, constant inclination to follow orders, requests, and suggestions. Tractable suggests characteristics that make for easy guiding, leading, ordering, or managing; its antonym intractable (as in "intractable problems") is more common. Amenable indicates a disposition to be agreeable or complaisant as well as a lack of assertive independence. Docile can stress a disposition to submit, either due to guidance and control or to imposition and oppression.

Examples of biddable in a Sentence

The children became less biddable as they grew older. the elderly widower was one of the more biddable and cooperative residents at the nursing home

First Known Use of biddable

circa 1768, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of biddable

: willing to do whatever someone tells you to do : easily taught, led, or controlled

: available to be bid on

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