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.
- in·do·lent·ly, adverb
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How to use indolent in a sentence
It also sheds light on which patterns are linked to more indolent forms of the disease, where intervening with invasive surgery or toxic radiation or chemotherapy might do more harm than good.Changing Cancer Care, So Patients No Longer Feel Like a Number | Alice Park | November 3, 2021 | Time
Rather, there are indolent cancers, similar to those in the prostate, that grow more slowly, or hardly at all.
I mean, who else could possibly be as indolent as a teachers' union member?
This kind of cancer can be so indolent that patients often die with it than from it.
In part, that is because neuroendocrine cancers tend to be quite slow growing, or indolent.
Salon wrote: “Hilton is the one everyone has come to see, and her indolent, dull coolness does not disappoint.”
[Rushdie] cut to a passage that imagined the most indolent couple imaginable, Linda Evangelista and Goncharov's Ilya Oblomov.
An indolent blonde, fond of dancing, but a nonentity from both the moral and the intellectual standpoints.Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z | Anatole Cerfberr and Jules Franois Christophe
To this indolent, pleasure-loving son, nothing could be in greater contrast than the father.Those Dale Girls | Frank Weston Carruth
The Portuguese are a people that require rousing; they are indolent, lazy, and generally helpless.Spanish Life in Town and Country | L. Higgin and Eugne E. Street
They are equally indolent and cowardly, when glutted with prey; and they seldom attack men unless they find them asleep.Buffon's Natural History. Volume VII (of 10) | Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
Michel, who was so indolent that he would not pay the slightest attention to his own business affairs, in years gone by!The Seven Cardinal Sins: Envy and Indolence | Eugne Sue
British Dictionary definitions for indolent
disliking work or effort; lazy; idle
pathol causing little pain: an indolent tumour
(esp of a painless ulcer) slow to heal
- indolence, noun
- indolently, adverb
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