[ in-dl-uhnt ]
/ ˈɪn dl ənt /


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

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


in·do·lent·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for indolent

/ (ˈɪndələnt) /


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

Derived forms of indolent

indolence, 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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Medical definitions for indolent

[ ĭndə-lənt ]


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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