Origin of indulgentClassical Latin indulgens
A child receives a treat from an indulgent parent.
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.
- 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.
- Swedish historians have been excusably indulgent to the father of their greatest ruler.
- Indeed, he was considered by his stern brethren as somewhat too fond and indulgent a parent.
- But he was extravagant and self-indulgent, and he wanted more money than they were willing to supply.
- He is accused of having sunk in his later years into the self-indulgent habits of the harem.
- My father was most loving and indulgent, devoted to his home, seldom leaving us, except in the hunting season.