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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Did not this seem to border upon cruelty, my dear, in so indulgent a mother?

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • To give you hope, my dearest, my most indulgent Mamma, is to give you every thing.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • I perceive in your eyes, my indulgent spectators, the criticism which you are too kind to utter.

    Main Street Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Crane looked at him in admiration, an indulgent smile on his lips.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • How kind has he ever been to all my follies, how tender and indulgent to all my wishes!

    The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
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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