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 Dictionary entry overview: What does indulgent mean? 

INDULGENT (adjective)
  The adjective INDULGENT has 3 senses:

1. characterized by or given to yielding to the wishes of someone
2. tolerant or lenient
3. being favorably inclined

  Familiarity information: INDULGENT used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

INDULGENT (adjective)

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Characterized by or given to yielding to the wishes of someone

Context example:

indulgent grandparents


self-indulgent (indulgent of your own appetites and desires)

pampering (overly indulgent)

overindulgent (excessively indulgent)

hard; heavy; intemperate (given to excessive indulgence of bodily appetites especially for intoxicating liquors)

epicurean; hedonic; hedonistic (devoted to pleasure)

gay (given to social pleasures often including dissipation)

epicurean; luxuriant; luxurious; sybaritic; voluptuary; voluptuous (displaying luxury and furnishing gratification to the senses)

betting; card-playing; dissipated; sporting (preoccupied with the pursuit of pleasure and especially games of chance)

decadent; effete (marked by excessive self-indulgence and moral decay)


gluttonous (given to excess in consumption of especially food or drink)


nonindulgent (characterized by strictness, severity, or restraint)

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Tolerant or lenient


lenient; indulgent; soft

Context examples:

indulgent parents risk spoiling their children / too soft on the children / they are soft on crime


permissive (granting or inclined or able to grant permission; not strict in discipline)

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Being favorably inclined

Context example:

an indulgent attitude


favorable; favourable (encouraging or approving or pleasing)

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