Definition of indulgent adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪnˈdʌldʒənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈdʌldʒənt//
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  1. 1(usually disapproving) tending to allow somebody to have or do whatever they want indulgent parents an indulgent smile Mothers tend to be less indulgent towards daughters. see also self-indulgent
  2. 2willing or too willing to ignore the weaknesses in somebody/something synonym patient to take an indulgent view of something
  3. Word Originearly 16th cent.: from French, or from Latin indulgent- ‘giving free rein to’, from the verb indulgere.Extra examples She was usually very indulgent with him. rather indulgent parents His parents were usually so indulgent with him. Mothers are sometimes less indulgent towards daughters.
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