Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “indulgent”

indulgent

adjective     /ɪnˈdʌldʒənt/
If you are indulgent to someone, you give them anything they want and do not mind if they behave badly: an indulgent fatherCausing pleasure
indulgently adverb She smiled indulgently at her son. → See also self-indulgent
(Definition of indulgent adjective from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

More Learner's Dictionary definitions for “indulgent”

Definitions of “indulgent” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

closeness

the quality of knowing someone very well, liking them a lot, and wanting to spend a lot of time together

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More