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  1. not ordered or commanded; spontaneous.
  2. not asked or summoned; uninvited.
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Sometimes un·bid.

Origin of unbidden

before 1050; Middle English unbiden, Old English unbēden. See un-1, bidden
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  1. not ordered or commanded; voluntary or spontaneous
  2. not invited or asked
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Word Origin and History for unbidden

Old English unbedene, "not asked or invited," from un- (1) "not" + bidden. Cf. Middle Dutch ongebeden, German ungebeten, Old Norse ubeðinn.

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