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unbidden

[ uhn-bid-n ]

adjective

  1. not ordered or commanded; spontaneous.
  2. not asked or summoned; uninvited.


unbidden

/ ʌnˈbɪdən /

adjective

  1. not ordered or commanded; voluntary or spontaneous
  2. not invited or asked


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Word History and Origins

Origin of unbidden1

before 1050; Middle English unbiden, Old English unbēden. See un- 1, bidden

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Example Sentences

The two experiences combined, unbidden, into a vertiginous sensation of time travel.

He seemed very much a chief and the spectators all rose unbidden.

The judge paused when he realized that Sulaiman had risen unbidden.

In what threatened to be a hush, one of the visitors offered some unbidden news.

No wonder some of the smartest companies are pre-empting this and swiftly pledging to make necessary changes unbidden.

The words of the priest at the railway inn flashed across his brain unbidden: "You will find it different."

Ascending into the Time Observatory a thought came unbidden into his mind: Others he saved, himself he could not save.

Unbidden, the Abbot had gone forward through the great doorway and down the gallery that led to the hall of Condillac.

And as the pale sweet face of the mother met the bright and rosy child-face, each of them was wet with a rush of unbidden tears.

But worse, still worse, they saw through their girlish spectacles dimmed with unbidden tears.

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