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[in-di-spohzd] /ˌɪn dɪˈspoʊzd/
sick or ill, especially slightly:
to be indisposed with a cold.
disinclined or unwilling; averse:
indisposed to help.
Origin of indisposed
1375-1425; late Middle English: out of order, not suitable. See in-3, disposed
Related forms
[in-di-spoh-zid-nis, -spohzd-] /ˌɪn dɪˈspoʊ zɪd nɪs, -ˈspoʊzd-/ (Show IPA),
1. unwell. 2. reluctant, loath.


[in-di-spohz] /ˌɪn dɪˈspoʊz/
verb (used with object), indisposed, indisposing.
to make ill, especially slightly.
to put out of the proper condition for something; make unfit:
The long tennis match indisposed me for any further physical activity that day.
to render averse or unwilling; disincline:
His anger indisposed him from helping.
First recorded in 1650-60; back formation from indisposed
Related forms
preindispose, verb (used with object), preindisposed, preindisposing. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for indisposed
Historical Examples
  • When the day came for departure the Leopard Woman was indisposed, and could not travel.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • Miss Howard, who for two days had been indisposed, was still in her room.

  • And then the cunning stroke of implying that her sister was not indisposed to listen to me.

    A Rent In A Cloud Charles James Lever
  • La Torre was said to be indisposed on the day appointed for receiving the city.

    The Philippine Islands John Foreman
  • I was indisposed to move, and my mind was half asleep still.

    Tom, Dick and Harry Talbot Baines Reed
  • To-morrow you must be indisposed, and keep your room from fatigue.

    Waverley Sir Walter Scott
  • It was just that I wanted to tell you of my victory—that is, to tell you that I should be indisposed tomorrow.

    David and the Phoenix Edward Ormondroyd
  • Anglique knew her power, and was not indisposed to excess in the exercise of it.

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
  • Our bodies, when we were ill or indisposed, were accustomed to her attentions.

    Germinie Lacerteux Edmond and Jules de Goncourt
  • "The signora is indisposed," was the only answer he could get.

    Charles Frohman: Manager and Man

    Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
British Dictionary definitions for indisposed


sick or ill
Derived Forms
indisposition (ˌɪndɪspəˈzɪʃən) noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin indispositus disordered


verb (transitive)
to make unwilling or opposed; disincline
to cause to feel ill
to make unfit (for something or to do something)
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Word Origin and History for indisposed

c.1400, "unprepared;" early 15c., "not in order," from in- (1) "not" + disposed; or else from Late Latin indispositus "without order, confused." Mid-15c. as "diseased;" modern sense of "not very well" is from 1590s. A verb indispose is attested from 1650s but is perhaps a back-formation of this.

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indisposed in Medicine

indispose in·dis·pose (ĭn'dĭ-spōz')
v. in·dis·posed, in·dis·pos·ing, in·dis·pos·es
To cause to be or feel ill; sicken.

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