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INDOLENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does indolent mean? 

INDOLENT (adjective)
  The adjective INDOLENT has 2 senses:

1. disinclined to work or exertion
2. (of tumors e.g) slow to heal or develop and usually painless

  Familiarity information: INDOLENT used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


INDOLENT (adjective)


Sense 1indolent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Disinclined to work or exertion

Synonyms:

faineant; indolent; slothful; work-shy; lazy; otiose

Context examples:

faineant kings under whose rule the country languished / an indolent hanger-on / too lazy to wash the dishes / shiftless idle youth / slothful employees / the unemployed are not necessarily work-shy

Similar:

idle (not in action or at work)


Sense 2indolent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(of tumors e.g) slow to heal or develop and usually painless

Context examples:

an indolent ulcer / leprosy is an indolent infectious disease

Similar:

inactive (not progressing or increasing; or progressing slowly)

Domain category:

pathology (the branch of medical science that studies the causes and nature and effects of diseases)


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