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.

Nearby words

  1. indole,
  2. indoleacetic acid,
  3. indoleamine,
  4. indolebutyric acid,
  5. indolence,
  6. indolent bubo,
  7. indologenous,
  8. indologist,
  9. indomethacin,
  10. indomitable

Origin of indolent

1655–65; < Latin indolent- (stem of indolēns), equivalent to in- in-3 + dolent- (stem of dolēns) present participle of dolēre to be pain-ful, be in pain; see dole2, -ent

Related formsin·do·lent·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for indolent



disliking work or effort; lazy; idle
pathol causing little painan indolent tumour
(esp of a painless ulcer) slow to heal
Derived Formsindolence, nounindolently, adverb

Word Origin for indolent

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 indolent



1660s, "painless," from Late Latin indolentem (see indolence). Sense of "living easily" is 1710, from French indolent. Related: Indolently.

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Medicine definitions for indolent




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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