adjective in·do·lent \ˈin-də-lənt\

Definition of indolent

  1. 1a :  causing little or no painb :  slow to develop or heal indolent tumors indolent ulcers

  2. 2a :  averse to activity, effort, or movement :  habitually lazyb :  conducive to or encouraging laziness indolent heatc :  showing an inclination to laziness an indolent sigh



Examples of indolent in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of indolent

Late Latin indolent-, indolens insensitive to pain, from Latin in- + dolent-, dolens, present participle of dolēre to feel pain

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 English Language Learners



Definition of indolent for English Language Learners

  • : not liking to work or be active

INDOLENT Defined for Kids


adjective in·do·lent \ˈin-də-lənt\

Definition of indolent for Students

  1. :  lazy 1, idle

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 diseaseb:  slow to heal an indolent ulcer


\-lənt(t)s\play noun

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