Adjective "Indulgent" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Having or indicating a readiness or over-readiness to be generous to or lenient with someone.
  1. 'The personality is trusting and trustworthy, indulgent and generous to itself and others.'
  2. 'Our parents were usually indulgent, and confident about themselves.'
  3. '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.'
  4. 'His demeanor suddenly changed from gentle, indulgent parent, to barking hellion.'
  5. 'Grandparents tend to be more indulgent of grandchildren than the parents themselves.'
  6. 'It's easy to become an indulgent parent, letting examples of disrespect slide.'
  7. '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.'
  8. 'Physical punishment is administered, although parents tend to be indulgent with young children.'
  9. 'I would ask for your forgiveness if I felt I had been indulgent here, but I don't.'
  10. '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.'
  11. 'sheer indulgent nostalgia'
  12. 'He is indulgent about this, but plainly baffled.'
  13. 'When she shared her new mantra with me, I had to agree it sounded indulgent, sensual and exciting.'
  14. '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.'
  15. 'What follows, indulgent I'll admit, is a list of the 10 greatest concerts I've ever seen.'


1. characterized by or showing indulgence; benignly lenient or permissive: an indulgent parent.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be indulgent with people."

"smiles can be indulgent."

"parents can be indulgent."

"fathers can be indulgent."

"people can be indulgent."

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