adverb literary without being asked for, expected, or invited

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  • unbidden — index lawless, spontaneous, unsolicited, voluntary, willing (uncompelled) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • unbidden — O.E. unbedene, not asked or invited, from UN (Cf. un ) (1) not + BIDDEN (Cf. bidden). Cf. M.Du. ongebeden, Ger. ungebeten, O.N. ubeðinn …   Etymology dictionary

  • unbidden — ► ADJECTIVE 1) without having been invited. 2) arising without conscious effort …   English terms dictionary

  • unbidden — [unbid′ n] adj. [ME unbiden: see UN & BID1] 1. not commanded 2. not invited; unasked, undesired, etc.: Also unbid …   English World dictionary

  • unbidden — [[t]ʌ̱nbɪ̱d(ə)n[/t]] ADJ: ADJ after v, v link ADJ, ADJ n If something happens unbidden, it happens without you expecting or wanting it to happen. [LITERARY] The name came unbidden to Cook s mind Ashley Stoker... Unbidden, his thoughts turned to… …   English dictionary

  • Unbidden — Unbid Un*bid , Unbidden Un*bid den, a. 1. Not bidden; not commanded. [1913 Webster] Thorns also and thistles it shall bring thee forth Unbid; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Uninvited; as, unbidden guests. Shak …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • unbidden — also unbid adjective Etymology: Middle English unbiden, unbeden, from Old English unbeden, from un + beden, past participle of biddan to entreat more at bid Date: before 12th century not bidden ; unasked, uninvited < barged in unbidden > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • unbidden — adj. not commanded or invited (arrived unbidden) …   Useful english dictionary

  • unbidden — /un bid n/, adj. 1. not ordered or commanded; spontaneous. 2. not asked or summoned; uninvited. Also, unbid. [bef. 1050; ME unbiden, OE unbeden. See UN 1, BIDDEN] * * * …   Universalium

  • unbidden — adjective not invited, requested or asked for …   Wiktionary

  • unbidden — Synonyms and related words: arbitrary, autonomous, discretional, discretionary, elective, free, free will, gratuitous, independent, nonmandatory, offered, optional, proffered, self acting, self active, self determined, self determining,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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