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[in-duhl-juh nt] /ɪnˈdʌl dʒənt/
characterized by or showing indulgence; benignly lenient or permissive:
an indulgent parent.
Origin of indulgent
1500-10; < Latin indulgent- (stem of indulgēns), present participle of indulgēre to indulge; see -ent
Related forms
indulgently, adverb
nonindulgent, adjective
nonindulgently, adverb
preindulgent, adjective
superindulgent, adjective
superindulgently, adverb
unindulgent, adjective
unindulgently, adverb
forbearing, easygoing, tolerant. Unabridged
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  • Because you really can't be self-indulgent in grizzly country.
  • The audience broke into indulgent laughter, humoring the rube savant.
  • Rapp hasn't done himself any favors by directing his own work, which would have benefitted from a crisper, less indulgent hand.
  • The singers were encouraged to ornament their parts, although they did nothing self-indulgent.
  • She has this wonderful ability to point out to people they were being foolish and self-indulgent.
  • Such a place leaves little room for self-indulgent melancholy.
  • It might seem self-indulgent, but it's also a practice that may revolutionize public health research.
  • She looked at him with an indulgent sadness, and then at me.
  • The film was too self-indulgent to actually entertain.
  • Investment in this kind of research may seem indulgent, particularly in a recession.
British Dictionary definitions for indulgent


showing or characterized by indulgence
Derived Forms
indulgently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for indulgent

c.1500, from Latin indulgentem (nominative indulgens), present participle of indulgere (see indulgence). Related: Indulgently.

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