To remember biddable, which means "obedient" and "capable of being trained," think: "able" to do your "bidding."

Certain breeds of dog, such as Golden Retrievers, are prized for their biddability. In other words, they are easy to housebreak, and you can train them to do tricks. Headstrong dachshunds are not known to be biddable. Bark "sit" and "stay" commands all you like, they listen only when it conveniences them. And cats? Your cat is likely evaluating how biddable you are turning out to be.

Definitions of biddable
  1. adjective
    willing to carry out the orders or wishes of another without protest
    synonyms: acquiescent
    dutifully complying with the commands or instructions of those in authority
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Vocabulary Shout-Out: Susann Cokal for "Biddable"

In a review of The Golem and the Jinni, a first novel by Helene Wecker, Susann Cokal used biddable, a favorite word of dog breeders and trainers, to describe the character of a golem in Wecker's novel.

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