- characterized by or showing indulgence; benignly lenient or permissive: an indulgent parent.
Origin of indulgent
SynonymsSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Wordspermissive, fond, considerate, kindly, tolerant, big, charitable, clement, compassionate, complaisant, compliant, easy, easygoing, favorable, forbearing, gentle, gratifying, kind, liberal, merciful
Examples from the Web for indulgent
Both followed wars; people were tired of idealism and self-sacrifice and were determined to enjoy a self- indulgent materialism.How Rock and Roll Killed Jim Crow
October 26, 2014
Then, after their brief, indulgent stare, the two of them took off down the street, clearly unimpressed.Naked on a New York Street—for Art
September 16, 2014
Only rich kids with indulgent parents and poor kids with after-school jobs had their own cars.P.J. O’Rourke on Grabbing the Keys to Happiness
P. J. O’Rourke
January 24, 2014
I do the 80 percent healthy, 20 percent indulgent rule, and I feel that really works for me.Victoria’s Secret Models on 2012 Fashion Show Diet, Training
Misty White Sidell
December 5, 2012
In hindsight, Obama's 2008 campaign looks like an indulgent fantasy in which the major conflicts in life simply don't exist.Nothing For You, Sonny
March 27, 2012
Did not this seem to border upon cruelty, my dear, in so indulgent a mother?
To give you hope, my dearest, my most indulgent Mamma, is to give you every thing.
I perceive in your eyes, my indulgent spectators, the criticism which you are too kind to utter.Main Street
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
- showing or characterized by indulgence
Word Origin and History for indulgent
c.1500, from Latin indulgentem (nominative indulgens), present participle of indulgere (see indulgence). Related: Indulgently.