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English definition of “indolent”


adjective     /ˈɪn.dəl.ən/ literary
showing no real interest or effort: an indolent wave of the hand an indolent reply → Synonym lazyLaziness and lazy peopleAvoiding action indolently     /-li/ adverb indolence     /ˈɪn.dəl.əns/ noun [U] After a sudden burst of activity, the team lapsed back into indolence.Laziness and lazy peopleAvoiding action
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