indulgent

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adjective in·dul·gent \in-ˈdəl-jənt\

Definition of indulgent

  1. :  indulging or characterized by indulgence; especially :  lenient

indulgently

adverb

Examples of indulgent in a sentence

  1. He gave the child an indulgent smile.

  2. <she was perhaps a bit too indulgent with her children, who always seemed to get away with everything>

Origin and Etymology of indulgent

Latin indulgent-, indulgens, present participle of indulgēre


First Known Use: 1509


INDULGENT Defined for English Language Learners

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adjective in·dul·gent \in-ˈdəl-jənt\

Definition of indulgent for English Language Learners

  • : willing to allow someone to have or enjoy something even though it may not be proper, healthy, appropriate, etc.

  • : done or enjoyed as a special pleasure


INDULGENT Defined for Kids

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adjective in·dul·gent \in-ˈdəl-jənt\

Definition of indulgent for Students

  1. :  feeling or showing a willingness to allow enjoyment of whatever is wanted :  lenient <indulgent parents>

indulgently

adverb


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