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 formsin·dis·pos·ed·ness [in-di-spoh-zid-nis, -spohzd-] /ˌɪn dɪˈspoʊ zɪd nɪs, -ˈspoʊzd-/, noun

Synonyms for indisposed



verb (used with object), in·dis·posed, in·dis·pos·ing.

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.

Origin of indispose

First recorded in 1650–60; back formation from indisposed
Related formspre·in·dis·pose, verb (used with object), pre·in·dis·posed, pre·in·dis·pos·ing. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for indisposed

Historical Examples of indisposed

  • 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.

  • I was indisposed to move, and my mind was half asleep still.

    Tom, Dick and Harry

    Talbot Baines Reed

British Dictionary definitions for indisposed



sick or ill
Derived Formsindisposition (ˌɪndɪspəˈzɪʃən), noun

Word Origin for indisposed

C15: from Latin indispositus disordered


verb (tr)

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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Medicine definitions for indisposed




To cause to be or feel ill; sicken.
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