A biddable individual is someone you can issue an order to—that is,
someone who will do your bidding. The word dates to the late 18th
century, and currently our earliest evidence for it is a quote in the Scottish National Dictionary
. There are a number of words in English that do what biddable
, and docile
are three of them. Biddable
is often applied to children and indicates a ready, constant inclination to follow orders, requests, and
suggests characteristics that make for easy guiding, leading, ordering, or managing; its antonym intractable
(as in "intractable problems") is more common. Amenable
indicates a disposition to be agreeable or complaisant as well as a lack of assertive independence. Docile
can stress a disposition to submit, either due to guidance and control or to imposition and oppression.
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