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 formsin·dul·gent·ly, adverbnon·in·dul·gent, adjectivenon·in·dul·gent·ly, adverbpre·in·dul·gent, adjectivesu·per·in·dul·gent, adjectivesu·per·in·dul·gent·ly, adverbun·in·dul·gent, adjectiveun·in·dul·gent·ly, adverb

Synonyms for indulgent

forbearing, easygoing, tolerant. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for indulgent

Contemporary Examples of indulgent

Historical Examples of indulgent

  • 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.


    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 Formsindulgently, adverb
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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.

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