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patient

[pey-shuh nt] /ˈpeɪ ʃənt/
noun
1.
a person who is under medical care or treatment.
2.
a person or thing that undergoes some action.
3.
Archaic. a sufferer or victim.
adjective
4.
bearing provocation, annoyance, misfortune, delay, hardship, pain, etc., with fortitude and calm and without complaint, anger, or the like.
5.
characterized by or expressing such a quality:
a patient smile.
6.
quietly and steadily persevering or diligent, especially in detail or exactness:
a patient worker.
7.
undergoing the action of another (opposed to agent).
Idioms
8.
patient of,
  1. having or showing the capacity for endurance:
    a man patient of distractions.
  2. susceptible of:
    This statement is patient of criticism.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English pacient (adj. and noun) < Middle French < Latin patient- (stem of patiēns), present participle of patī to undergo, suffer, bear; see -ent
Related forms
patientless, adjective
patiently, adverb
patientness, noun
overpatient, adjective
quasi-patient, adjective
quasi-patiently, adverb
superpatient, adjective
superpatiently, adverb
unpatient, adjective
unpatiently, adverb
Synonyms
1. invalid. 4. uncomplaining, long-suffering, forbearing, resigned, passive, calm. 5. quiet, serene, unruffled, unexcited, self-possessed, composed. 6. sedulous, assiduous, untiring.
Antonyms
4. hostile. 5. impatient, agitated.
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  • Through the gray, murky afternoon, fans waited patiently in line to walk into the chapel.
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  • If the pup got it wrong, he patiently nosed it back and repeated the lesson.
  • The hawk followed and patiently waited at the water's edge.
  • All the while the instructor floated patiently nearby, watching and giving me nonverbal reminders.
  • But don't forget-an equally impressive and revealing story lies patiently beneath your feet.
  • Noticing my confusion, she laughed and patiently explained it all to me.
  • Kids across the nation waited patiently for new game cartridges to show up in stores.
  • Meanwhile, my adviser is waiting patiently for me to turn in a major portion of the finished work.
British Dictionary definitions for patiently

patient

/ˈpeɪʃənt/
adjective
1.
enduring trying circumstances with even temper
2.
tolerant; understanding
3.
capable of accepting delay with equanimity
4.
persevering or diligent: a patient worker
5.
(archaic) admitting of a certain interpretation
noun
6.
a person who is receiving medical care
7.
(rare) a person or thing that is the recipient of some action
Derived Forms
patiently, adverb
Word Origin
C14: see patience
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Word Origin and History for patiently

patient

adj.

mid-14c., "enduring without complaint," from Old French pacient and directly from Latin patientem (see patience). Related: Patiently.

n.

"suffering or sick person under medical treatment," late 14c., from Old French pacient (n.), from the adjective, from Latin patientem (see patience).

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patiently in Medicine

patient pa·tient (pā'shənt)
n.
One who receives medical attention, care, or treatment.

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