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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Showing, characterized by, or given to indulgence; lenient.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Prone to indulge; yielding to the wishes, humor, or appetites of those under one's care; compliant; not opposing or restraining; tolerant; mild; favorable; not severe.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • Synonyms Lenient, forbearing, tolerant, gentle. See gratify.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. being favorably inclined
  • adj. tolerant or lenient
  • adj. characterized by or given to yielding to the wishes of someone

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