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
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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 8 Aug. 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

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indulgently adverb

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