in·​dis·​po·​si·​tion (ˌ)in-ˌdi-spə-ˈzi-shən How to pronounce indisposition (audio)
: the condition of being indisposed:
: a usually slight illness

Examples of indisposition in a Sentence

He blamed his absence on a minor indisposition. a brief indisposition made her miss the party
Recent Examples on the Web The insurer paid $5 million for losses incurred due to an unspecified castmember’s February 2020 illness at the outset of the shoot — presumably Cruise’s indisposition that was not COVID. Kim Masters, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Mar. 2022 Thanks to the indisposition of the aging, alcoholic local rector, he is pressed into a leadership role quickly. Kyle Smith, National Review, 25 Feb. 2020 For a more rewarding solution to Mr. Lang’s indisposition, Mr. Corea might have simply replaced Mr. Lang as soloist and presented his personal take on Gershwin. Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, 5 Oct. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of indisposition was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Indisposition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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in·​dis·​po·​si·​tion (ˌ)in-ˌdis-pə-ˈzish-ən How to pronounce indisposition (audio)
: a slight illness
: lack of willingness

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