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Definition lazy; disinclined to work

Indolent is also used in medicine to describe conditions (e.g., some tumors) that are slow to develop or heal and are painless. Very rarely it may refer to something that is slow and unenergetic without any connotation of laziness—such as small lapping waves.
  • She never recovered from the indolence of her youth.
indolence = laziness
  • She is too indolent for med school.
  • indolent = lazy
  • All men have an equal right to the free development of their faculties; they have an equal right to the impartial protection of the state; but it is not true, it is against all the laws of reason and equity, it is against the eternal nature of things, that the indolent man and the laborious man, the spendthrift and the economist, the imprudent and the wise, should obtain and enjoy an equal amount of goods.
    Victor Cousin
  • He was as indolent as ever and showed no very strenuous desire to hunt up an occupation.
    Twain, Mark  --  Pudd'n'head Wilson
  • It was perhaps only poverty that had forced him to write, and now that he was comfortably provided for he became more indolent still.
    Marshall, H.E.  --  English Literature For Boys And Girls
  • He was as indolent as ever and showed no very strenuous desire to hunt up an occupation.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd'nhead Wilson
  • indolent = lazy
  • their busy, lively ways made him ashamed of the indolent life he led.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • indolent = lazy
  • Ernest, two years younger, was tall and slight; in disposition, mild, calm and studious; his early faults of indolence and selfishness were almost entirely overcome.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • indolence = laziness
  • "Why," she said, "you just can't apply American methods in this country. It's natural to the folks here to be indolent," she said.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • indolent = disinclined to work
  • diligence is the mother of good fortune, and indolence, its opposite,
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • indolence = laziness
  • They are as heedless and as indolent as cats.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • indolent = lazy
  • We rode slowly, with a pleasant sense of Sunday indolence.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • indolence = laziness
  • If people had ever lived and loved here, read thrillers at midnight and lain in beautiful indolence on a Sunday morning, there were no signs of it.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • indolence = laziness
  • She had set out at an early hour, but had lingered on the road, inclined by her indolence to believe that if she waited under a warm shed the snow would cease to fall.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • indolence = laziness
  • Young men were toiling industriously in the paddies or fanning themselves indolently in the shade,
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • indolently = lazily
  • Emasculated by dams and diversion canals, the lower Colorado burbles indolently from reservoir to reservoir
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • indolently = lazily (slowly without energy)
  • His indolence was so serious that when they announced the arrival of a commission from his party that was authorized to discuss the stalemate of the war, he rolled over in his hammock without completely waking up.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • indolence = laziness
  • Where he had once been lounging and indolent, he was now as alert as a prowling cat,
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • indolent = lazy
  • We mistook violence for passion, indolence for leisure, and thought recklessness was freedom.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • indolence = laziness
  • ...even if he was too dull or too indolent to suspect or find out about his father himself...
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
indolent = lazy

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