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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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 The rest of our recipes are less indulgent, but no less fun. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "4 fish fry recipes for Lent without the fryer," 26 Feb. 2020 As stay-at-home orders spread across the U.S., shoppers opened up their wallets to buy products ranging from the comforting to the indulgent. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "COVID-19 is changing how Americans spend — here's what we're buying," 28 Apr. 2020 Chafing at the loss, the Libyans sued on grounds that they had been misled, but an indulgent British judge let the bank off the hook, ruling that the Libyans had only themselves to blame. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's Magazine, "The Malaysian Job," 27 Apr. 2020 The second-row seats slide fore and aft to offer anywhere from sufficient to indulgent rear-seat legroom. Jared Gall, Car and Driver, "Our 2019 Infiniti QX50 Underwhelms in its Complexity," 10 Mar. 2020 The brand-new Sensei by Nobu, featuring a menu crafted alongside Sensei’s nutritionists, can whip up as indulgent a meal as required. Chadner Navarro, Fortune, "Four Seasons just unveiled its first all-inclusive wellness resort," 7 Mar. 2020 Private aviation company NetJets and luxury yacht charter company Northrop & Johnson teamed up to deliver what may be the most indulgent package of all, coming in at a whopping $720,000. Kelli Kennedy, USA TODAY, "High-roller Super Bowl experiences cost up to $1.5M, include butler, yacht or private island trip," 30 Jan. 2020 Peart has his critics, and their complaints are easy to spot amid the dizzying, knotty discussions that fill certain corners of the Web: His technique is showy, indulgent, too cleanly precise for rock 'n' roll. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Neil Peart of Rush has died at 67: A tribute to rock's greatest drummer," 10 Jan. 2020 Yet his work, though erratic and sometimes downright perversely self-indulgent, remained vital for decades. Greg Kot, chicagotribune.com, "Lou Reed reconsidered: Did self-sabotage obscure some of his best music?," 1 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of indulgent was in 1509

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31 May 2020

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“Indulgent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/indulgent. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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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