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 indulgently

Historical Examples of indulgently

  • "I'm afraid you're an arrant little coquette," said Katherine indulgently.


    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

British Dictionary definitions for indulgently



showing or characterized by indulgence
Derived Formsindulgently, adverb
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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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