[ UK /ˈɪndələnt/ ]
[ US /ˈɪndəɫənt/ ]
  1. disinclined to work or exertion
    faineant kings under whose rule the country languished
    slothful employees
    too lazy to wash the dishes
    shiftless idle youth
    an indolent hanger-on
    the unemployed are not necessarily work-shy
  2. (of tumors, e.g.) slow to heal or develop and usually painless
    an indolent ulcer
    leprosy is an indolent infectious disease
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How To Use indolent In A Sentence

  • _ When a scirrhus affects any gland of no great extent or sensibility, it is, after a long period of time, liable to suppurate without inducing fever, like the indolent tumors of the conglobate or lymphatic glands above mentioned; whence collections of matter are often found after death both in men and other animals; as in the liver of swine, which have been fed with the grounds of fermented mixtures in the distilleries. Zoonomia, Vol. II Or, the Laws of Organic Life
  • One arm disentangled itself from the covers, her fingers curling indolently into the fine cotton of the quilt.
  • My sister, indolent and unimaginative as she was, had visions of endless touch-typing speed trials supervised by austere women under flickering striplights.
  • It's not so much dreamy as it is lazy and indolent.
  • As a matter of fact, my brother painted very few things, at any stage of his career, as mere representations of reality, unimbued by some inventive or ideal meaning: in the rare instances when he did so, he naturally felt an indolent comfort, and made no scruple of putting the feeling into words — highly suitable for being taken _cum grano salis_. Old Familiar Faces
  • The song is moody and weighed down but not indolent: Propelled by a polyrhythmic drumbeat, it reveals emo-core and math-rock leanings.
  • As a teenager he was mature in the sense that he knew his way around town, but like all 15-year-olds he could be pretty indolent.
  • Let no one say that laptops have not changed the way writers work: right now, I am sitting in an internet café facing the Pacific Ocean, watching indigo fog roll across a 180 degree view of what Wallace Stevens would have called indolent ocean. Author! Author! » Blog Archive » Book marketing 101: the post-conference query
  • He believed that independence was the first duty of a literary man, and that true dignity consists in diligent labor rather than in indolent railing at fate and the scoffings of "uncomprehended" genius. The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 74, December, 1863
  • A constitution marked by this development is indolent, relaxative, and an easy prey to epidemics. The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English or, Medicine Simplified, 54th ed., One Million, Six Hundred and Fifty Thousand
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