Definition of indulgent in English:



  • 1Having or indicating a tendency to be overly generous to or lenient with someone.

    ‘indulgent parents’
    • ‘I hate to say this but I think older parents can be very, very indulgent.’
    • ‘Grandparents tend to be more indulgent of grandchildren than the parents themselves.’
    • ‘The mere thought of bringing up 10 children is likely to strike fear into even the most indulgent and energetic parent.’
    • ‘Parents, most of whom have so far been very indulgent about the cola-swigging habit of their offspring, have been forced to sit up and take note.’
    • ‘So just why are we so indulgent toward those anything-goes plays?’
    • ‘Perhaps one could say that it was much more liberal, to the point of indulgent.’
    • ‘Yes, indulgent parents, there is now such a thing as ‘pampered child syndrome’.’
    • ‘His demeanor suddenly changed from gentle, indulgent parent, to barking hellion.’
    • ‘There are still people who would go for a cool understated chic, and in our time of personally indulgent dressing this is probably the time to do it.’
    • ‘It's easy to become an indulgent parent, letting examples of disrespect slide.’
    • ‘Also, by setting myself deadlines and being much harsher on myself and less indulgent, I was able to really push through to a tangible finish line.’
    • ‘They see it as either indulgent (weak and hence immoral) or as patronizing.’
    • ‘What happened here was sloppy practice, based on an indulgent approach towards both drug-taking and rule-breaking.’
    • ‘Ma Jacobs spoke again, but this time her voice deceptively soft and indulgent.’
    • ‘The personality is trusting and trustworthy, indulgent and generous to itself and others.’
    • ‘I would ask for your forgiveness if I felt I had been indulgent here, but I don't.’
    • ‘Our parents were usually indulgent, and confident about themselves.’
    • ‘Physical punishment is administered, although parents tend to be indulgent with young children.’
    • ‘She gave me the look of an indulgent parent and then we moved on.’
    • ‘She skipped happily out of the waiting room and I watched her with an indulgent smile, one I usually save for the parents of small children.’
    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
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    1. 1.1Self-indulgent.
      ‘a slightly adolescent, indulgent account of a love affair’
      • ‘Wow, managing to wedge a piece of Einstein's special theory of relativity into some particularly indulgent navel-gazing.’
      • ‘He proceeded to live a luxurious, but not totally indulgent, life.’
      • ‘This might sound indulgent, but it feels right.’
      • ‘He is indulgent about this, but plainly baffled.’
      • ‘This may account for the resultant lack of focus and indulgent tone that manifests itself in the majority of the pieces.’
      • ‘When she shared her new mantra with me, I had to agree it sounded indulgent, sensual and exciting.’
      • ‘What follows, indulgent I'll admit, is a list of the 10 greatest concerts I've ever seen.’
      • ‘Ultimately, all they do is thicken the atmosphere of self - indulgent waywardness that has suffused the book by the time she reaches her Howard's end.’
      pleasure-seeking, hedonistic, sybaritic, luxurious, lotus-eating, epicurean
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Early 16th century: from French, or from Latin indulgent- giving free rein to from the verb indulgere.