in·​dul·​gent | \ in-ˈdəl-jənt How to pronounce indulgent (audio) \

Definition of indulgent

1 : willing to allow excessive leniency, generosity, or consideration : indulging or characterized by indulgence indulgent grandparents
2 : done or enjoyed as a special treat or pleasure indulgent desserts

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indulgently adverb

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Examples of indulgent in a Sentence

He gave the child an indulgent smile. she was perhaps a bit too indulgent with her children, who always seemed to get away with everything
Recent Examples on the Web That new subset includes shoppers who are want more indulgent product offerings in addition to the standard staples bought in bulk. Phil Wahba, Fortune, 21 Apr. 2022 For a more indulgent experience, many family caregivers would gladly welcome a gift certificate for a massage, facial or nail treatment at their favorite salon or spa. San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Dec. 2021 The court subsequently took a more indulgent approach to New Deal initiatives, upholding Social Security and collective bargaining rights under the National Labor Relations Act. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 17 Dec. 2021 Looking for something indulgent yet still feels personal? Rebecca Dancer, Harper's BAZAAR, 16 Nov. 2021 Start Father's Day off right by treating him to his favorite breakfast meal, no matter how indulgent (who can resist these chicken and cornbread pancakes with spicy syrup?). Erin Cavoto, Country Living, 4 May 2022 These experiences may seem unnecessarily indulgent, but one thing is clear: The demand is there. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Apr. 2022 Somehow the idea of a traditional wedding seemed indulgent, part of an old way of doing things that no longer seemed to fit with our new reality. Laura Love, Vogue, 22 Apr. 2022 Go early for an indulgent lunch of cheesesteaks, haus burger and, of course, oysters. Ari Bendersky, Robb Report, 30 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of indulgent

1509, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for indulgent

Latin indulgent-, indulgens, present participle of indulgēre

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“Indulgent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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in·​dul·​gent | \ in-ˈdəl-jənt How to pronounce indulgent (audio) \

Kids Definition of indulgent

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

Other Words from indulgent

indulgently adverb

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