Definition of indisposition in English:



  • 1Mild illness.

    ‘she was chiefly confined by indisposition to her bedroom’
    [count noun] ‘due to an indisposition, Herr Gesner will not be able to continue his performance’
    • ‘This appointment was necessary due to the indisposition of John Amriding although it was nice to see him and his wife in the audience.’
    • ‘At this time Elizabeth began to become apprehensive in expectation of her monthly indisposition.’
    • ‘Her nerves must have been affected by her indisposition.’
    • ‘The Suez Canal and the Mediterranean must have been kinder because they were never blamed for her indisposition.’
    • ‘For indisposition of any kind, 3 tablespoons diluted with water can be taken.’
    • ‘But I hope it is only a slight indisposition and that he will return to health by the week's end. "’
    • ‘The following day, he made a token appearance and gave up citing indisposition.’
    • ‘The royal entourage likes progress to run smoothly, "free from the disruptions of gastronomic indisposition."’
    • ‘What with flies and dust, and heat and indisposition, I scarcely ever remember to have spent a more disagreeable day in my life '.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Elizabeth lived in her own quiet agony as the time continued to pass with no sign of her monthly indisposition.’
    • ‘At first, La Scala scheduled Il trovatore, but the tenor, claiming indisposition, suggested Giordano's opera instead.’
    • ‘Laxman got an opportunity to bat only once against UAE and had to sit out in the match against Sri Lanka due to indisposition.’
    • ‘Mrs. Clinton was confined to her room that morning by a slight indisposition.’
    • ‘Doctors from these regions reported that even in cases of the slightest indisposition, children were taken to the infection hospitals.’
    • ‘Aides to the Prime Minister said he was suffering from a " slight indisposition ".’
    • ‘Stella sang the role for all four performances because of the indisposition of Jean Mitchell who had been double cast in the role.’
    • ‘On the night I went, its star Sheridan Smith could not go on, due to a " sudden indisposition ".’
    • ‘But Julia never complained about her condition and Charlotte had no way of knowing what the cause of her present indisposition was.’
    • ‘They woke her with their boisterous noise and lack of consideration for her indisposition.’
    • ‘The downside to such foresight is that many girls undergo a variation in size as a result of dieting, comfort eating and general nervous indisposition.’
    illness, ailment, disorder, sickness, affliction, malady, infirmity, malaise, disease, infection, upset
    reluctance, unwillingness, disinclination, unpreparedness
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  • 2Lack of enthusiasm or inclination; reluctance.

    ‘indisposition to motion, exertion, or change’
    [count noun] ‘an utter indisposition to do anything whatever’
    • ‘I gathered the impression that he would have liked to write a Century war article, but could never quite overcome his indisposition to appear in print.’
    • ‘First, this is an application which has to overcome this Court's indisposition to revisiting discretionary decisions of trial judges.’
    • ‘Whatever the nature of his indisposition, this serves to underline the fact that the era characterised by his astute political manoeuvring is coming to an end.’
    • ‘A social catastrophe would therefore pose no more than a minor indisposition for the regime.’
    • ‘There's a disposition to believe any bad news, whatever the source, and an indisposition to believe the good news, no matter how reliable.’