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indulgent (adj) lenient.

When you are indulgent you are lenient, that is, you allow people, especially a child, to do or have what they want, even though it is not good for them. You are indulgent if you are not very strict in dealing with others. If you ignore the weakness in others just because you donít take them seriously.

  • Ann is an indulgent mother, and because of her excessive fondness for her son Ricky, he became a spoilt child. She never corrected him when he misbehaved.
  • Children like a teacher who is indulgent, because they allow them to indulge in all kinds of pranks and do not punish them.
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