- 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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Related Wordseasygoing, idle, inactive, inert, lackadaisical, languid, lax, lazy, lethargic, listless, resting, shiftless, slothful, slow, sluggish, torpid
Examples from the Web for indolent
I mean, who else could possibly be as indolent as a teachers' union member?The Dumbest Journalism Passage of All Time
June 18, 2012
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.”Paris Hilton: End of an Era?
August 26, 2011
Instead, he cut to a passage that imagined the most indolent couple imaginable, Linda Evangelista and Goncharov's Ilya Oblomov.Celebrating World Literature
April 30, 2010
In his indolent, rather selfish way, he was much in love with his wife.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
And he was also indolent, with the indolence which is so often the secret of good nature.The Secret Agent
I also was too indolent--truly, not figuratively; the book was never written.In the Valley
None but the frivolous or the indolent will say, “I am too old to learn.”Self-Help
All at once, his mind had become too indolent to do any more thinking.The Market-Place
- disliking work or effort; lazy; idle
- pathol causing little painan indolent tumour
- (esp of a painless ulcer) slow to heal
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.
- Disinclined to exert oneself; habitually lazy.
- Causing little or no pain, as a tumor.
- Slow to heal, grow, or develop, as an ulcer; inactive.