indisposed (adj.) c.1400, "unprepared;" early 15c., "not in order," from IN- (Cf. in-) (1) "not" + DISPOSED (Cf. disposed); or else from L.L. indispositus "without order, confused." Mid-15c. as "diseased;" modern sense of "not very well" is from 1590s. A verb indispose is attested from 1650s but is perhaps a back formation of this.

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  • indisposed — index adverse (hostile), averse, disabled (made incapable), disinclined, disobedient, reluctant, renitent …   Law dictionary

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  • indisposed — ► ADJECTIVE 1) slightly unwell. 2) unwilling …   English terms dictionary

  • indisposed — [in΄di spōzd′] adj. [ME indisposid < in , IN 2 + pp. of disposen, DISPOSE] 1. slightly ill 2. unwilling; disinclined SYN. SICK1 …   English World dictionary

  • Indisposed — Indispose In dis*pose , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Indisposed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Indisposing}.] [OE. indispos indisposed, feeble, or F. indispos[ e] indisposed. See {In } not, and {Dispose}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To render unfit or unsuited; to disqualify …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • indisposed — adj. (formal) indisposed to + inf. (she appears indisposed to go) * * * [ˌɪndɪ spəʊzd] (formal) indisposed to + inf. (she appears indisposed to go) …   Combinatory dictionary

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