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Definition of "indolent" []

  • Disinclined to exert oneself; habitually lazy. See Synonyms at lazy. (adjective)
  • Conducive to inactivity or laziness; lethargic: humid, indolent weather. (adjective)
  • Causing little or no pain: an indolent tumor. (adjective)
  • Slow to heal, grow, or develop; inactive: an indolent ulcer. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "indolent" in a sentence
  • "His eyes were sleepy, his expression indolent or good-natured."
  • "Our committing of ourselves to God is to be, not in indolent and passive quietism, but accompanied with active well-doings. faithful -- to His covenant promises."
  • "Mutual good humour is a dress we ought to appear in wherever we meet, and we should make no mention of what concerns ourselves, without it be of matters wherein our friends ought to rejoice: but indeed there are crowds of people who put themselves in no method of pleasing themselves or others; such are those whom we usually call indolent persons."