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indisposition

[in-dis-puh-zish-uh n] /ˌɪn dɪs pəˈzɪʃ ən/
noun
1.
state of being indisposed.
2.
a slight illness.
3.
disinclination; unwillingness.
Origin of indisposition
late Middle English
1400-1450
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at in-3, disposition
Related forms
preindisposition, noun
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  • It was only an indisposition, pure and simple,—an abscess in the armpit; that was all.

    The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete Madame La Marquise De Montespan
  • I am so sorry to hear about Mrs. Swanborough's indisposition.

    The Stark Munro Letters J. Stark Munro
  • Was the child's indisposition graver than she had led Ruth to suppose?

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • He made the most of his indisposition to Almayer, who came to visit him twice a day.

  • I gave prompt assurances that my indisposition was not serious.

    Oswald Langdon Carson Jay Lee
  • Was it anxiety caused by the indisposition of his illustrious client?

    The Nabob Alphonse Daudet
  • For your indisposition prevents us from deriving any pleasure from this and other news.

    Lucretia Borgia Ferdinand Gregorovius
  • For lunch she drank some beef tea, keeping up the fiction of her indisposition.

    Beyond John Galsworthy
  • Is he likely to have any return of the indisposition from which, owing to your efforts, he has been suffering?

    The Devil's Paw E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • He had not been able to hide his anxiety on hearing of Toni's indisposition.

    The Making of a Soul

    Kathlyn Rhodes
Word Origin and History for indisposition
n.

early 15c., "unfavorable influence" (in astrology); also in Middle English, "ill health, disorder of the mind or body; unfavorable disposition, hostility; inclination to evil; wickedness; public disorder, lawlessness," from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + disposition.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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