Definition of indisposition in US English:



  • 1Mild illness.

    ‘she was chiefly confined by indisposition to her bedroom’
    ‘due to an indisposition, Herr Gesner will not be able to continue his performance’
    • ‘At first, La Scala scheduled Il trovatore, but the tenor, claiming indisposition, suggested Giordano's opera instead.’
    • ‘At this time Elizabeth began to become apprehensive in expectation of her monthly indisposition.’
    • ‘Stella sang the role for all four performances because of the indisposition of Jean Mitchell who had been double cast in the role.’
    • ‘For indisposition of any kind, 3 tablespoons diluted with water can be taken.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Elizabeth lived in her own quiet agony as the time continued to pass with no sign of her monthly indisposition.’
    • ‘Aides to the Prime Minister said he was suffering from a " slight indisposition ".’
    • ‘But I hope it is only a slight indisposition and that he will return to health by the week's end. "’
    • ‘The royal entourage likes progress to run smoothly, "free from the disruptions of gastronomic 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.’
    • ‘What with flies and dust, and heat and indisposition, I scarcely ever remember to have spent a more disagreeable day in my life '.’
    • ‘The following day, he made a token appearance and gave up citing indisposition.’
    • ‘This appointment was necessary due to the indisposition of John Amriding although it was nice to see him and his wife in the audience.’
    • ‘Doctors from these regions reported that even in cases of the slightest indisposition, children were taken to the infection hospitals.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Laxman got an opportunity to bat only once against UAE and had to sit out in the match against Sri Lanka due to indisposition.’
    • ‘They woke her with their boisterous noise and lack of consideration for her indisposition.’
    • ‘Mrs. Clinton was confined to her room that morning by a slight 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.’
    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’
    ‘an utter indisposition to do anything whatever’
    • ‘First, this is an application which has to overcome this Court's indisposition to revisiting discretionary decisions of trial judges.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A social catastrophe would therefore pose no more than a minor indisposition for the regime.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There's a disposition to believe any bad news, whatever the source, and an indisposition to believe the good news, no matter how reliable.’