[ in-dl-uhnt ]
See synonyms for: indolentindolently on

  1. having or showing a disposition to avoid exertion; slothful: an indolent person.

  2. 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

First recorded in 1655–65; from Latin indolent- (stem of indolēns ), equivalent to in- in-3 + dolent- (stem of dolēns ), present participle of dolēre “to be painful, be in pain”; see dole2, -ent

synonym study For indolent

1. See idle.

Other words for indolent

Other words from indolent

  • in·do·lent·ly, adverb

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How to use indolent in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for indolent


/ (ˈɪndələnt) /

  1. disliking work or effort; lazy; idle

  2. pathol causing little pain: an indolent tumour

  1. (esp of a painless ulcer) slow to heal

Origin of indolent

C17: from Latin indolēns not feeling pain, from in- 1 + dolēns, from dolēre to grieve, cause distress

Derived forms of indolent

  • indolence, noun
  • indolently, adverb

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