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in·dul·gent

indulgent

 
 
pronunciation:
ihn duhl jnt
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: indulging or being inclined to indulge others' wishes rather than declining them, or rather than enforcing discipline or strictness in general.
Hard-working students resented the more indulgent teachers.Our grandmother was indulgent with us because she couldn't bear to see us unhappy.He was more indulgent toward his son than toward his daughter, whom he gave little freedom.
synonyms:
lax, lenient, permissive
antonyms:
strict
similar words:
forbearing, liberal, soft, sparing, tolerant
definition 2: allowing and accepting where others might be critical or unaccepting (usu. fol. by "of").
I felt him to be indulgent of his own mistakes while being critical of mine.She knew she should scold the children, but she tended to be indulgent of their bad behavior.
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derivation: indulgently (adv.)