AskDefine | Define indisposition

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1 a slight illness
2 a certain degree of unwillingness; "a reluctance to commit himself"; "after some hesitation he agreed" [syn: reluctance, hesitancy, hesitation, disinclination]

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(US) IPA: /ɪnˌdɪspəˈzɪʃən/


  1. a mild illness, the state of being indisposed
    • 1751, Henry Fielding, Amelia
      I was scarce sooner recovered from my indisposition than Amelia herself fell ill.
  2. a bad mood or disposition
    • 1597, Francis Bacon, Essays
      Doth any man doubt, that if there were taken out of men's minds, vain opinions, flattering hopes, false valuations, imaginations as one would, and the like, but it would leave the minds, of a number of men, poor shrunken things, full of melancholy and indisposition, and unpleasing to themselves?

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