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indolent

[ in-dl-uhnt ]
/ ˈɪn dl ənt /
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adjective
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.
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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 FROM indolent

in·do·lent·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for indolent

indolent
/ (ˈɪndələnt) /

adjective
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

indolent
[ ĭndə-lənt ]

adj.
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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