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See more words from the same century Dictionary Entries near indisposed in disguise indispensable indispose indisposed indisposedness indisposition indisputability. Accessed 6 Nov. Keep scrolling for more More Definitions for indisposed indisposed. Please tell us where you read or heard it including the quote, if possible. Test Your Vocabulary Where in the World? A Quiz What language does pajama come from? Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way. Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!
Write him that I am indisposed , and that will end the matter. He doubted this and thought Britain would be indisposed to recede. Our game is that he'll be indisposed to-morrow and keep his private rooms. To tell the truth, the agent did look as if he were indisposed. You may call me Chiron. Origin of indisposed —; late Middle English: out of order, not suitable. See in- 3 , disposed.