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Saturday, April 02, 2005


\BID-uh-buhl\ , adjective;
Easily led or commanded; obedient.
Capable of being bid.
But because they are sociable, biddable, obliging, stoic and generous, most are happy to join in.
-- Sue Montgomery, "The Nature of Horses", New Statesman, July 18, 1997
The chaotically organised event proved nothing more than that one charismatic individual can impose his will on a lot of biddable ones.
-- Thomas Sutcliffe, "Last night's television", Independent, May 2002
Both are calm, biddable, cooperative, sensible companions.
-- Bill McClure, "The right start", American Hunter, November 2003
Biddable is from bid, which partly comes from Middle English bidden, "to ask, to command," from Old English biddan; and partly from Middle English beden, "to offer, to proclaim," from Old English beodan.
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