patient

[pey-shuhnt]
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,
a.
having or showing the capacity for endurance: a man patient of distractions.
b.
susceptible of: This statement is patient of criticism.

Origin:
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

patientless, adjective
patiently, adverb
patientness, noun
overpatient, adjective
quasi-patient, adjective
quasi-patiently, adverb
superpatient, adjective
superpatiently, adverb
unpatient, adjective
unpatiently, adverb


1. invalid. 4. uncomplaining, long-suffering, forbearing, resigned, passive, calm. 5. quiet, serene, unruffled, unexcited, self-possessed, composed. 6. sedulous, assiduous, untiring.


4. hostile. 5. impatient, agitated.
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patient (ˈpeɪʃənt)
 
adj
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
 
n
6.  a person who is receiving medical care
7.  rare a person or thing that is the recipient of some action
 
[C14: see patience]
 
'patiently
 
adv

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Word Origin & History

patient
early 14c., "bearing or enduring without complaint," from L. patientem (see patience).

patient
"suffering or sick person," late 14c., from O.Fr. pacient (n.), from the adj., from L. patientem (see patience).
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Medical Dictionary

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

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Example sentences
Through the gray, murky afternoon, fans waited patiently in line to walk into
  the chapel.
Sophisticated administrators wait patiently to hear all sides before arriving
  at an opinion or rendering a verdict.
They do this at traffic light crossings, waiting patiently with human
  pedestrians for a red light before retrieving their prize.
If the pup got it wrong, he patiently nosed it back and repeated the lesson.
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