Definition of indulgent in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈdʌldʒ(ə)nt/


1Having or indicating a readiness or over-readiness to be generous to or lenient with someone: indulgent parents
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  • The personality is trusting and trustworthy, indulgent and generous to itself and others.
  • Our parents were usually indulgent, and confident about themselves.
  • Yes, indulgent parents, there is now such a thing as ‘pampered child syndrome’.
permissive, easy-going, broad-minded, liberal, tolerant, forgiving, forbearing, lenient, merciful, clement, mild, humane, kind, kindly, soft-hearted, caring, compassionate, understanding, sympathetic;
fond, doting, pampering, mollycoddling, cosseting, soft;
compliant, obliging, accommodating
1.1Self-indulgent: sheer indulgent nostalgia
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  • When she shared her new mantra with me, I had to agree it sounded indulgent, sensual and exciting.
  • He proceeded to live a luxurious, but not totally indulgent, life.
  • This may account for the resultant lack of focus and indulgent tone that manifests itself in the majority of the pieces.



Pronunciation: /ɪnˈdʌldʒ(ə)ntli/
Example sentences
  • But, at the time, my thoughts seemed indulgently introspective, and I kept them well buried.
  • Crisp triangles of French toast are layered with citrus segments and indulgently oozy oil-glossed pieces of warm foie gras, the best liver known to carnivores.
  • When Semele suddenly reappears, singing indulgently from the heavens of ‘endless pleasures’ of the bedroom variety, we are in pure operatic heaven.


Early 16th century: from French, or from Latin indulgent- 'giving free rein to', from the verb indulgere.

Words that rhyme with indulgent

effulgent, fulgent

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