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adjective in·do·lent \ˈin-də-lənt\

Simple Definition of indolent

  • : not liking to work or be active

Full Definition of indolent

  1. 1 a :  causing little or no pain b :  slow to develop or heal <indolent tumors> <indolent ulcers>

  2. 2 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. 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

  2. At home, however, there's something indolent about listening to a record that offers no hope for the unexpected. —John Milward, Rolling Stone, 11–25 July 1991

  3. Air-conditioning is for the weak and indolent. This isn't the Ritz, you know. Be thankful for a little breeze. It was luxuries like A/C that brought down the Roman Empire. —Garrison Keillor, Lake Wobegon Days, (1985) 1986

  4. She is indolent and irresponsible.

  5. <an indolent boy who had to be forced to help out with the chores>

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>.

Medical Dictionary


adjective in·do·lent \ˈin-də-lənt\

Medical Definition of indolent

  1. 1:  causing little or no pain <an indolent tumor>

  2. 2a:  growing or progressing slowly <leprosy is an indolent infectious disease>b:  slow to heal <an indolent ulcer>

  3. in·do·lence \-lənt(t)s\play noun

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