indulgent

adjective
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

Synonyms & Antonyms for indulgent

Synonyms

charitable, clement, easy, soft

Antonyms

hard, harsh, severe, stern, strict

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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

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That’s where a lot of novelty items come in: appealing to that indulgent consumer. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "Why we’re in a golden age of novelty food items and bizarre flavors," 21 Dec. 2018 After a busy and perhaps (overly) indulgent holiday season, radical change might feel like the answer. Samantha Boardman, Marie Claire, "How to Make 2019 Your Best Year Yet," 19 Dec. 2018 Brunch is by definition an indulgent affair — but Dragonfly’s unlimited version takes it up a notch. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "First Bite: Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi's Sunday izakaya lunch," 9 July 2018 Zibdeh likens Eid to indulgent holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving and thinks it is unrealistic to adhere to a strict diet. Maritza Moulite, CNN, "Eid al-Fitr: A healthy way to break the fast," 14 June 2018 In 2017, SmartMade and a new, indulgent frozen meal brand by Kraft Heinz called Devour generated more than $100 million in retail sales. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, "Frozen Dinners Make a Comeback," 8 Sep. 2018 Take that note as a way to kickstart your creativity for writing a menu theme that’s satisfying but not over-indulgent. Talia Abbas, SELF, "How to Throw a Laid-Back Holiday Party at Home, from the Team at A Summer Day Cafe," 6 Dec. 2018 It will likely be resembled in eating behaviors, with higher-income consumers tending to be healthier and lower-income consumers tending to be a bit more indulgent. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "Why we’re in a golden age of novelty food items and bizarre flavors," 21 Dec. 2018 Frankly, there’s something amusingly insolent about it, like scolding an egomaniacal lead guitarist, only to watch him unleash an indulgent, one-hour solo. WSJ, "The Baseball Game That Almost Never Ended," 28 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of indulgent

1509, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for indulgent

Latin indulgent-, indulgens, present participle of indulgēre

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indulgent

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English Language Learners Definition of indulgent

sometimes disapproving : 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

adjective
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

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