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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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  • He indulgently corrects Giovanni, and Adam and Eve have entirely orthodox one-eighth heads, by rule of schools.

    Val d'Arno John Ruskin
  • Elihu indulgently unrolled his paper and spread it on the desk.

    Country Neighbors Alice Brown
  • "You are a very transparent person, mother mine," he said indulgently.

    The Hermit of Far End Margaret Pedler
  • His tone was that of one gravely amused, indulgently caressing.

    The Sign of the Spider Bertram Mitford
  • indulgently, but not enthusiastically, he answered, "It is a little jarring to be referred to as number two."

    Lightnin' Frank Bacon
  • Parnell listened at first indulgently—then he grew interested.

  • The great people he meets do not impress him; on the contrary he laughs at their foibles most indulgently.

  • "Good deal like a quiltin' so fur," remarked Brad Freeman indulgently.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • They said indulgently to one another: "Boys will be boys," or, with conviction: "Such a manly little fellow."

    Happy Pollyooly Edgar Jepson
  • "Can't poison you with much more of it," Miss Perry interrupted him, indulgently.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
British Dictionary definitions for indulgently


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 indulgently



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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