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.


  1. disliking work or effort; lazy; idle
  2. pathol causing little painan indolent tumour
  3. (esp of a painless ulcer) slow to heal

1660s, “painless,” from Late Latin indolentem (see indolence). Sense of “living easily” is 1710, from French indolent. Related: Indolently.


  1. Disinclined to exert oneself; habitually lazy.
  2. Causing little or no pain, as a tumor.
  3. Slow to heal, grow, or develop, as an ulcer; inactive.

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