indisposition

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n indisposition a certain degree of unwillingness "a reluctance to commit himself","his hesitancy revealed his basic indisposition","after some hesitation he agreed"
    • n indisposition a slight illness
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Indisposition A slight disorder or illness. "Rather as an indisposition in health than as any set sickness."
    • Indisposition The state of being indisposed; disinclination; as, the indisposition of two substances to combine. "A general indisposition towards believing."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n indisposition The state of being indisposed in mind; disinclination; unwillingness; aversion; dislike: as, an indisposition to travel.
    • n indisposition Lack of tendency or appetency: as, the indisposition of two substances to combine.
    • n indisposition Unsuitableness; inappropriateness.
    • n indisposition Slight illness or ailment; tendency to sickness.
    • n indisposition Synonyms Reluctance, backwardness.
    • n indisposition Distemper, Malady, etc. See disease.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Indisposition state of being indisposed: disinclination: slight illness
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. indisposition,

Usage

In literature:

Possessionaten Bilberg was subject to transient indispositions on Sunday morning.
"Little Tora, The Swedish Schoolmistress and Other Stories" by Mrs. Woods Baker
Pierre resolves that during this strange indisposition Paul must not go out alone.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
My husband kept to his bed almost all that time, and made good use of his indisposition.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
Mrs. Ballister, the mother, rose and retired, and Philip pleaded indisposition, and begged to be shown to the room allotted to him.
"Stories by American Authors (Volume 4)" by Constance Fenimore Woolson
She at once longed and dreaded to meet Christian; so the invitation was declined on the plea of indisposition.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 11, No. 24, March, 1873" by Various
Others found reason for similar belief in the indisposition of prominent delegates to resent such a suggestion.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
All traces of languor, indisposition and fatigue had vanished in the deep, tranquil, refreshing slumbers of the night.
"Helen and Arthur" by Caroline Lee Hentz
He had died after 3 days' indisposition, and was in the condition of a vampyr.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 378, April, 1847" by Various
At tea time she was summoned; but excused herself from going below upon the plea of indisposition.
"Capitola's Peril" by Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth
WOOL, is confined to his room by a severe indisposition.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
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