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Friday, September 10, 1999


\IN-duh-luhnt\ , adjective;
Avoiding labor and exertion; habitually idle; lazy; inactive.
Conducive to or encouraging laziness or inactivity.
Causing little or no pain.
Slow to heal, develop, or grow.
We worked very hard--at least Iris did; I was more naturally indolent.
-- John Bayley, Elegy for Iris
Charles was too indolent -- he never applied himself to the business of kingship as Louis XIV did.
-- John Brewer, The Pleasures of the Imagination
There, people did as much as they chose and few ripples ever disturbed the prevailing atmosphere of indolent tranquillity.
-- Rufina Philby, "et al.", The Private Life of Kim Philby
Now, though, researchers understand that some cancers are indolent -- so indolent, in fact, that they will never grow large enough in the patient's lifetime to cause medical problems.
-- Gina Kolata, "Test Proves Fruitless, Fueling New Debate on Cancer Screening", New York Times, April 9, 2002
Indolent is from Latin in-, "not" + dolens, "hurting, suffering pain," from dolere, "to suffer pain."
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