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indisposed

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

indispose

[in-di-spohz] /ˌɪn dɪˈspoʊz/
verb (used with object), indisposed, indisposing.
1.
to make ill, especially slightly.
2.
to put out of the proper condition for something; make unfit:
The long tennis match indisposed me for any further physical activity that day.
3.
to render averse or unwilling; disincline:
His anger indisposed him from helping.
Origin
1650-60; back formation from indisposed
Related forms
preindispose, verb (used with object), preindisposed, preindisposing.
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Examples for indisposed
  • He did not attend church, being somewhat indisposed.
  • Unfortunately, when the day came for the one and only performance, she was indisposed and an understudy had to take her place.
  • The cavalry and mounted infantry advanced on the left to touch the rebels, who moved obstinately, though not indisposed to fight.
British Dictionary definitions for indisposed

indisposed

/ˌɪndɪˈspəʊzd/
adjective
1.
sick or ill
2.
unwilling
Derived Forms
indisposition (ˌɪndɪspəˈzɪʃən) noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin indispositus disordered

indispose

/ˌɪndɪˈspəʊz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to make unwilling or opposed; disincline
2.
to cause to feel ill
3.
to make unfit (for something or to do something)
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Word Origin and History for indisposed
adj.

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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