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biddable

[bid-uh-buh l] /ˈbɪd ə bəl/
adjective
1.
Cards. adequate to bid upon:
a biddable suit.
2.
willing to do what is asked; obedient; tractable; docile:
a biddable child.
3.
that may be acquired by bidding:
biddable merchandise.
Origin of biddable
1820-1830
First recorded in 1820-30; bid1 + -able
Related forms
biddability, biddableness, noun
biddably, adverb
unbiddable, adjective
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Examples from the Web for biddable
Historical Examples
  • Whether this was so or not, it is certain that she was as docile and as biddable as need be.

    An Open-Eyed Conspiracy W. D. Howells
  • Francis knew which ones were biddable and he kept them to heel.

    Makers

    Cory Doctorow
  • He was a biddable boy, and went on without further question.

    Judith Shakespeare William Black
  • No one, I was assured on all hands, objects to the biddable Chinaman.

  • Barbara did as he commanded with the expression of a biddable child.

    The Penalty

    Gouverneur Morris
  • "Look how biddable he was about goin' back to the Works," she continued.

    The Turmoil Booth Tarkington
  • His proud owner thought there could be few dogs in all the world so biddable as this.

    The Wrong Twin Harry Leon Wilson
  • He was a biddable enough beast, and, being a little deaf, he knew not fear.

    The Men of the Moss-Hags S. R. Crockett
  • The city-folk had stars of their own; biddable, domesticated stars.

  • In all wise are these men tame and biddable, save that they rage against the Dusky Men, though they fear them yet.

British Dictionary definitions for biddable

biddable

/ˈbɪdəbəl/
adjective
1.
having sufficient value to be bid on, as a hand or suit at bridge
2.
docile; obedient
Derived Forms
biddableness, noun
biddably, adverb
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