- having or showing a disposition to avoid exertion; slothful: an indolent person.
- Pathology. causing little or no pain; inactive or relatively benign: an indolent ulcer that is not painful and is slow to heal.
Origin of indolent
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1. slow, inactive, sluggish, torpid. See idle.
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Examples from the Web for indolently
She stood there indolently, disdainful of the cannon that was aimed at her.Highways in Hiding
George Oliver Smith
This, too, did not seem important, and he indolently closed his eyes again.The Deserter, and Other Stories
Outstretched at 24 his feet lay Jim, indolently snapping at flies.Jim
Charles G. D. Roberts
Personal interests may be indolently neglected or carelessly pursued.Calvert and Penn
"I'll write it out for you, if you like," said Rosamond, indolently.Kidnapped at the Altar
Laura Jean Libbey
- disliking work or effort; lazy; idle
- pathol causing little painan indolent tumour
- (esp of a painless ulcer) slow to heal
C17: from Latin indolēns not feeling pain, from in- 1 + dolēns, from dolēre to grieve, cause distress
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Word Origin and History for indolently
1660s, "painless," from Late Latin indolentem (see indolence). Sense of "living easily" is 1710, from French indolent. Related: Indolently.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Disinclined to exert oneself; habitually lazy.
- Causing little or no pain, as a tumor.
- Slow to heal, grow, or develop, as an ulcer; inactive.
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