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indulgent

[in-duhl-juhnt]
adjective
  1. characterized by or showing indulgence; benignly lenient or permissive: an indulgent parent.
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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

forbearing, easygoing, tolerant.
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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


British Dictionary definitions for indulgently

indulgent

adjective
  1. showing or characterized by indulgence
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Derived Formsindulgently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for indulgently

indulgent

adj.

c.1500, from Latin indulgentem (nominative indulgens), present participle of indulgere (see indulgence). Related: Indulgently.

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