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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I).

BIDDABLE, BIDDENABLE, adj. Obedient. The first given by the N.E.D. as of Sc. origin and admitted by the Concise Eng. Dict. and the Un. Eng. Dict. The adv. biddably and n. biddableness are marked Sc. by the N.E.D. Biddenable is exclusively Sc. [′bɪdəbl, ′bɪdnəbl]Sc. 1825 Jam.2:
A biddable bairn.
Abd. after 1768 A. Ross Fortunate Shepherd MS. 35:
I dinna farther crave your honest love, But biddable unto your parents prove.
Rnf. 1871 D. Gilmour The “Pen” Folk (1873) 23:
My bairns are gude, honest, biddenable lads.
Ayr. 1887 J. Service Dr Duguid 30:
I never was very biddable as a bairn.

Hence biddably, adv., obediently.Kcb. 1894 S. R. Crockett Raiders xxi.:
So I went biddably enough up to Mistress Tamson.

Hence biddableness, n. “Disposition to obey, compliant temper” (Sc. 1825 Jam.2).

[Not in O.Sc. See Bid, v., etym. note.]

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