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    #1

    indolence

    Is "laziness" the only meaning?
    My bilingual dictionary also gives other meanings : incompetence ; being passive.
    But ALL the monolingual dictionaries I've consulted give only "laziness"

    This is the sentence ( from a medical textbook):

    Anesthesia for eye surgery requires a fair amount of preparation and constant vigilance during and after the regional block. Any indolence on the part of the anesthesia provider could potentially turn out to be a life-threatening situation for the patient.

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    Re: indolence

    Quote Originally Posted by alla View Post
    Is "laziness" the only meaning?
    My bilingual dictionary also gives other meanings : incompetence ; being passive.
    But ALL the monolingual dictionaries I've consulted give only "laziness"

    This is the sentence ( from a medical textbook):

    Anesthesia for eye surgery requires a fair amount of preparation and constant vigilance during and after the regional block. Any indolence on the part of the anesthesia provider could potentially turn out to be a life-threatening situation for the patient.
    Laziness is the only common meaning of indolence that you're likely to come across. (In real life, I mean).

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    Re: indolence

    Quote Originally Posted by alla View Post
    Is "laziness" the only meaning?
    My bilingual dictionary also gives other meanings : incompetence ; being passive.
    But ALL the monolingual dictionaries I've consulted give only "laziness"

    This is the sentence ( from a medical textbook):

    Anesthesia for eye surgery requires a fair amount of preparation and constant vigilance during and after the regional block. Any indolence on the part of the anesthesia provider could potentially turn out to be a life-threatening situation for the patient.
    Hi alla,

    You have many online English dictionaries at your disposal.

    Check out these: https://www.usingenglish.com/dictionary.html, which are found within the Reference tab of this site. The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (Fourth Edition) is also a good source, especially for US English usage.

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    Re: indolence

    You could say that "indolence" implies an unwillingness to make an effort, or a disinclination to take pains, or perhaps a sluggish response to events.

    MrP

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