- The definition of indulgent is someone who is lenient or who gives into whims and desires.
A parent who gives into the whims of his children is an example of an indulgent parent.
A child receives a treat from an indulgent parent.
Origin of indulgentClassical Latin indulgens
- Showing, characterized by, or given to permissiveness or generosity with regard to others: an indulgent parent; an indulgent book review.
- Showing, characterized by, or given to self-indulgence: indulgent habits.
(comparative more indulgent, superlative most indulgent)
- Disposed or prone to indulge, humor, gratify, or give way to one's own or another's desires, etc., or to be compliant, lenient, or forbearing; showing or ready to show favor; favorable; indisposed to be severe or harsh, or to exercise necessary restraint: as, an indulgent parent; to be indulgent to servants.