Adjective "Indolent" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Wanting to avoid activity or exertion; lazy.
  1. 'He has perhaps been as determined to realize his odd project as his proudly indolent subject was determined to avoid exertion.'
  2. 'This bushy, indolent fellow, who is built like a well-fed possum, hangs from a rail by his tail, and hooks into his favourite snack, a salami sandwich.'
  3. 'But indolent border guards didn't bother to check on him - they just took his passport, stamped it, and let him leave.'
  4. 'My sister, indolent and unimaginative as she was, had visions of endless touch-typing speed trials supervised by austere women under flickering striplights.'
  5. 'Like an indolent poet, boiling within, forceful outside, the drummer filled the hall.'
  6. '‘White trash’ are characterized as indolent, lazy, promiscuous, ignorant and incapable of bettering themselves.'
  7. 'As an indolent student, I would leave the radio on all night.'
  8. 'This has changed my perspective completely from thinking of non-voters as indolent to thinking that they're tactical, even-handed and pragmatic.'
  9. 'She was young, portionless, bad with money, indecisive, and indolent (so Thackeray thought).'
(of a disease or condition) causing little or no pain.
  1. 'In those men who are not severely immunocompromised, Kaposi's sarcoma may remain an indolent cutaneous disease.'
  2. 'The disease had a very indolent course, remaining localized to the organ for several years, and responded favorably to the local radiation therapy.'
  3. 'Classically, prior to HIV or in the absence of severe immuno suppression, it is a fairly indolent skin disease.'
  4. 'The lesion typically has a very indolent course, which may span decades.'
  5. 'Deep indolent ulcers also require local wound care and antibiotics.'


1. having or showing a disposition to avoid exertion; slothful: an indolent person.

2. Pathology. causing little or no pain; inactive or relatively benign: an indolent ulcer that is not painful and is slow to heal.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be indolent."

"voices can be indolent."

"spendthrifts can be indolent."

"societies can be indolent."

"servers can be indolent."

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Mid 17th century: from late Latin indolent-, from in- ‘not’ + dolere ‘suffer or give pain’. The sense ‘idle’ arose in the early 18th century.