biddable

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adjective bid·da·ble \ˈbi-də-bəl\

Definition of biddable

  1. 1 :  easily led, taught, or controlled :  docile

  2. 2 :  capable of being bid

biddability

play \ˌbi-də-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

biddably

play \ˈbi-də-blē\ adverb

Examples of biddable in a sentence

  1. The children became less biddable as they grew older.

  2. <the elderly widower was one of the more biddable and cooperative residents at the nursing home>

Did You Know?

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.

Circa 1768

First Known Use of biddable

circa 1768


BIDDABLE Defined for English Language Learners

biddable

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adjective bid·da·ble \ˈbi-də-bəl\

Definition of biddable for English Language Learners

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

  • : available to be bid on


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