adjective in·do·lent \ˈin-də-lənt\

: not liking to work or be active

Full Definition of INDOLENT

a :  causing little or no pain
b :  slow to develop or heal <indolent tumors> <indolent ulcers>
a :  averse to activity, effort, or movement :  habitually lazy
b :  conducive to or encouraging laziness <indolent heat>
c :  showing an inclination to laziness <an indolent sigh>
in·do·lent·ly adverb

Examples of INDOLENT

  1. She is indolent and irresponsible.
  2. <an indolent boy who had to be forced to help out with the chores>
  3. Perhaps Henry James's idea of the taste for art in England as a tribute to propriety holds perversely true, with the indolent taste for scandal and celebrity having taken hold as a bizarre new form of etiquette. —Sebastian Smee, Prospect, July 2003

Origin of INDOLENT

Late Latin indolent-, indolens insensitive to pain, from Latin in- + dolent-, dolens, present participle of dolēre to feel pain
First Known Use: 1663

Synonym Discussion of INDOLENT

lazy, indolent, slothful mean not easily aroused to activity. lazy suggests a disinclination to work or to take trouble <take-out foods for lazy cooks>. indolent suggests a love of ease and a dislike of movement or activity <the heat made us indolent>. slothful implies a temperamental inability to act promptly or speedily when action or speed is called for <fired for being slothful about filling orders>.
INDOLENT Defined for Kids


adjective in·do·lent \ˈin-də-lənt\

Definition of INDOLENT for Kids

:  lazy 1, idle
Medical Dictionary


adjective in·do·lent \ˈin-də-lənt\

Medical Definition of INDOLENT

:  causing little or no pain <an indolent tumor>
a :  growing or progressing slowly <leprosy is an indolent infectious disease> b :  slow to heal <an indolent ulcer>
in·do·lence \-lənt(t)s\ noun


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