- characterized by or showing indulgence; benignly lenient or permissive: an indulgent parent.
Origin of indulgent
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forbearing, easygoing, tolerant.
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Examples from the Web for indulgently
"I'm afraid you're an arrant little coquette," said Katherine indulgently.Viviette
William J. Locke
"Good deal like a quiltin' so fur," remarked Brad Freeman indulgently.Tiverton Tales
"Can't poison you with much more of it," Miss Perry interrupted him, indulgently.Alice Adams
And our friends here have indulgently given you time for it.In Kings' Byways
Stanley J. Weyman
"If she is well enough I will bring her in the morning," he answers, indulgently.Floyd Grandon's Honor
Amanda Minnie Douglas
- showing or characterized by indulgence
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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.
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