characterized by or showing indulgence; benignly lenient or permissive: an indulgent parent.
- in·dul·gent·ly, adverb
- non·in·dul·gent, adjective
- non·in·dul·gent·ly, adverb
- pre·in·dul·gent, adjective
- su·per·in·dul·gent, adjective
- su·per·in·dul·gent·ly, adverb
- un·in·dul·gent, adjective
- un·in·dul·gent·ly, adverb
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How to use indulgent in a sentence
Now that I’m at a station in my professional life where I’m kept up at night by concerns that go far beyond myself, such indulgent bouts are fewer and further between.How I Escaped My Troubles Through Science - Issue 104: Harmony | Subodh Patil | August 25, 2021 | Nautilus
In indulgent societies, more people play sports, while in restrained societies, sports are more something you watch.The Pros and Cons of America’s (Extreme) Individualism (Ep. 470) | Stephen J. Dubner | July 22, 2021 | Freakonomics
This current spring release featuring intentional colors, indulgent textures, and peak boldness to cultivate ideal yet mod selects for spring.
So you’ll forgive a moment of indulgent irrationality and some merriment.The Security Perimeter Around the Capitol Starts to Recede — and Washington Feels a Little More Normal | Philip Elliott | March 25, 2021 | Time
It feels more indulgent than the usual PB&J or energy bar but is still easy to snack on during lift rides without making a mess.
Both followed wars; people were tired of idealism and self-sacrifice and were determined to enjoy a self- indulgent materialism.
His last words, or so they say, were woefully self-indulgent: “Why me, Johnny Lazia, who has been the friend of everybody?”
A British editorialist called it, “mesmerizingly precious and hideously self-indulgent.”
Then, after their brief, indulgent stare, the two of them took off down the street, clearly unimpressed.
Oftentimes public fear like this can be a self-indulgent kind of collective astral projection.
Isabel's eyes were dancing with so purely youthful and feminine a triumph that he could not but feel indulgent.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
Undoubtedly, as they grow stronger and stronger, it will be wise in the home government to be more and more indulgent.The History of England from the Accession of James II. | Thomas Babington Macaulay
He delivered his repeated phrases with an unctuous indulgent roll that made Gwynne long to grind his teeth.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
He was a loving, indulgent father, and the girls adored him, but no sterner disciplinarian ever held sway.Those Dale Girls | Frank Weston Carruth
Elsie would think it self-indulgent and abominable to stay in bed to breakfast—I don't.Marriage la mode | Mrs. Humphry Ward
British Dictionary definitions for indulgent
showing or characterized by indulgence
- indulgently, adverb
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