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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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Examples from the Web for indulgently
Historical Examples
  • "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 Alice Brown
  • "Can't poison you with much more of it," Miss Perry interrupted him, indulgently.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • 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
  • I said indulgently, 'we must all of us go through that in our time—at least all of you must go through it.'

    The Talking Horse F. Anstey
  • Elihu indulgently unrolled his paper and spread it on the desk.

    Country Neighbors

    Alice Brown
  • His tone was that of one gravely amused, indulgently caressing.

    The Sign of the Spider Bertram Mitford
  • Parnell listened at first indulgently—then he grew interested.

  • I confessed my interest in her, at which he indulgently supplied me with information.

    Hurricane Island

    H. B. Marriott Watson
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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