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

Definition for indisposed (2 of 2)


[ in-di-spohz ]
/ ˌɪn dɪˈspoʊz /

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

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British Dictionary definitions for indisposed (1 of 2)


/ (ˌɪndɪˈspəʊzd) /


sick or ill
Derived Formsindisposition (ˌɪndɪspəˈzɪʃən), noun

Word Origin for indisposed

C15: from Latin indispositus disordered

British Dictionary definitions for indisposed (2 of 2)


/ (ˌɪndɪˈspəʊz) /

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


[ ĭn′dĭ-spōz ]


To cause to be or feel ill; sicken.
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