in·​dis·​po·​si·​tion | \ (ˌ)in-ˌdi-spə-ˈzi-shən How to pronounce indisposition (audio) \

Definition of indisposition

: the condition of being indisposed:
b : 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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First Known Use of indisposition

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Indisposition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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