- An example of someone who is indolent is a shop worker who prefers to look at their cell phone rather than help a customer.
- A benign tumor is an example of something indolent.
The definition of indolent is lazy or disinterested in working, or inactive or painless.
- disliking or avoiding work; lazy; idle
- causing little or no pain: an indolent cyst
- slow to heal: an indolent ulcer
- inactive or slowly developing: an indolent tumor
Origin of indolentfrom Late Latin indolens from Classical Latin in-, not + dolens, present participle of dolere, to feel pain: see doleful
- a. Disinclined to exert oneself; habitually lazy. See Synonyms at lazy.b. Conducive to inactivity or laziness; lethargic: humid, indolent weather.
- a. Causing little or no pain: an indolent tumor.b. Slow to heal, grow, or develop; inactive: an indolent ulcer.
Origin of indolentLate Latin indolēns indolent- painless Latin in- not ; see in- 1. Latin dolēns present participle of dolēre to feel pain
(comparative more indolent, superlative most indolent)