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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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  • The dear girls were exchanging jeering remarks about “lazy uncle Roderick” openly, in her indulgent hearing.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • To give you hope, my dearest, my most indulgent Mamma, is to give you every thing.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • At this indulgent bar there is such accusing sense of self-accounting for all unfilial excesses as to preclude harsh judgment.

    Oswald Langdon Carson Jay Lee
  • Crane looked at him in admiration, an indulgent smile on his lips.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • She loved him, veiling the depth in her vagueness, her aloofness, her indulgent irony.

    Christmas Roses and Other Stories Anne Douglas Sedgwick
British Dictionary definitions for indulgent


showing or characterized by indulgence
Derived Forms
indulgently, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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