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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
1400-50; late Middle English; see in-3, disposition
Related forms
preindisposition, noun
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  • Confined to his bed by indisposition, he requested me, this time fifty years, to visit the market in his place.

    In Unfamiliar England Thomas Dowler Murphy
  • He made the most of his indisposition to Almayer, who came to visit him twice a day.

  • The Prince, I must tell you, believes in his daughter's indisposition.

    Little Novels Wilkie Collins
  • Was it anxiety caused by the indisposition of his illustrious client?

    The Nabob Alphonse Daudet
  • Besides that, abstinence well-timed often kills a sickness in embryo, and destroys the first seeds of an indisposition.

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

    Beyond John Galsworthy
  • The indisposition of the handmaid could not, and did not escape the notice of her royal mistress.

    Plantation Reminiscences Letitia M. Burwell
  • 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
  • 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 patient?

    The Nabob, Vol. 2 (of 2) Alphonse Daudet
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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