- The definition of condescending is acting in a way that shows a superior attitude.
An example of condescending is a parent who speaks to her grown child as if he were still a toddler.
condescending definition by Webster's New World
showing condescension; esp., patronizing
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- condescendingly adverb
condescending definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Displaying a patronizingly superior attitude: “The independent investor's desire to play individual stocks may well worry some market veterans, but that smacks a little of Wall Street's usual condescending attitude toward small investors” (Tom Petruno).
- conˌde·scendˈing·ly adverb