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
Related formsin·do·lent·ly, adverb

Synonyms for indolent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for indolently

Historical Examples of indolently

  • She stood there indolently, disdainful of the cannon that was aimed at her.

    Highways in Hiding

    George Oliver Smith

  • This, too, did not seem important, and he indolently closed his eyes again.

  • Outstretched at 24 his feet lay Jim, indolently snapping at flies.


    Charles G. D. Roberts

  • Personal interests may be indolently neglected or carelessly pursued.

    Calvert and Penn

    Brantz Mayer

  • "I'll write it out for you, if you like," said Rosamond, indolently.

    Kidnapped at the Altar

    Laura Jean Libbey

British Dictionary definitions for indolently



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 indolently



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 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.
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