One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Slightly unwell.‘my mother is indisposed’
ill, unwell, sick, on the sick list, infirm, poorly, ailing, not well, not very well, not oneself, not in good shape, out of sorts, not up to par, below par, under parView synonyms
- ‘The year 1965 was a watershed: she replaced the indisposed Marilyn Horne in a Carnegie Hall performance of Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia.’
- ‘Fearless Leader is apparently still indisposed and couldn't make it to the studio to deliver his big patriotic speech.’
- ‘Nicole just broke up with Tom and she quite indisposed at the moment.’
- ‘Here, let me just wake him up… he's mildly indisposed right now, can I take a message?’
- ‘Perhaps while your other assistant is temporarily indisposed, I could fill in for awhile, just to show my appreciation.’
- ‘Sometimes when my mom was indisposed or unavailable to pick me up, Mrs. Melfield would drive me to and from places.’
- ‘Most of them were probably indisposed right now anyway but I knew I had to get out of here.’
- ‘A few years back, they needed a sub for the indisposed bass soloist in Samson.’
2Averse; unwilling.‘the potential audience seemed indisposed to attend’
reluctant, unwilling, disinclined, loath, unprepared, not ready, not disposed, not keen, not minded, not in the moodView synonyms
- ‘This is a benign rather than sinister story, and I know that some may be indisposed to accept it.’
- ‘Whilst not being a trend setter, I am not indisposed to being trendy.’
- ‘When the council speaker should be indisposed to execute whose duties, the vice speaker shall act on whose behalf.’
Late Middle English: from in- ‘not’ + disposed, or past participle of indispose ‘make unwell or unwilling’.
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