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This word is also in the group 100 IELTS Words.
  • wanting to avoid activity or exertion; lazy.
  • (of a disease condition) causing little or no pain.
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My sister, indolent and unimaginative as she was, had visions of endless touch-typing speed trials supervised by austere women under flickering striplights.

Nobody wants to appear indolent or indifferent.

The most indolent beings won’t have any more reason to hesitate before setting off to find pleasures that will cost them neither money nor effort.

There, he says, he was basically indolent, though he did immerse himself in a new “hobby” - making music by computer.

Deep indolent ulcers also require local wound care and antibiotics.

As an indolent student, I would leave the radio on all night.

The lesion typically has a very indolent course, which may span decades.

Prostate cancer is an indolent disease in most men.

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.

The workers are lazy indolent villains and the leaders are intelligent, hard working visionaries.

“White trash” are characterized as indolent, lazy, promiscuous, ignorant and incapable of bettering themselves.

The disease had a very indolent course, remaining localized to the organ for several years, and responded favorably to the local radiation therapy.

In this example, an aggressive variant grows 10 times as fast and metastasizes at 10 times the rate of the indolent variant with the same morphology.

In favorable circumstances the healing of indolent wounds, ulcers, or burns may be aided and with a minimum of scarring.

Family allowances were designed to make the poor self-reliant and independent not lazy and indolent.

They didn’t want any competition in the lazy and indolent stakes.

In general, the prognosis is favorable and the disease is indolent, with a reported survival rate of 78% at 5 years.

It’s not so much dreamy as it is lazy and indolent.

This has changed my perspective completely from thinking of non-voters as indolent to thinking that they’re tactical, even-handed and pragmatic.

But indolent border guards didn’t bother to check on him - they just took his passport, stamped it, and let him leave.

She was young, portionless, bad with money, indecisive, and indolent (so Thackeray thought).

Like an indolent poet, boiling within, forceful outside, the drummer filled the hall.

He has perhaps been as determined to realize his odd project as his proudly indolent subject was determined to avoid exertion.

Both Hitler and Churchill, on the other hand, had no time for exercise: Hitler was exceptionally indolent and didn’t even like going for walks.

As a teenager he was mature in the sense that he knew his way around town, but like all 15-year-olds he could be pretty indolent.

Classically, prior to HIV or in the absence of severe immuno suppression, it is a fairly indolent skin disease.

Follicular lymphoma usually has an indolent clinical course and may present with waxing and waning enlargement of the lymph nodes.

Most patients are alive at last follow-up, suggesting that the lymphoma is indolent and has a slowly progressive clinical course and a favorable outcome.

In those men who are not severely immunocompromised, Kaposi’s sarcoma may remain an indolent cutaneous disease.

I wouldn’t like to use the term gradual laziness to describe the deterioration my work ethic - not when words like indolence, sloth and bone-idleness will do so much better.