[ pey-shuhnt ]
/ ˈpeɪ ʃənt /
a person who is under medical care or treatment.
a person or thing that undergoes some action.
Archaic. a sufferer or victim.
bearing provocation, annoyance, misfortune, delay, hardship, pain, etc., with fortitude and calm and without complaint, anger, or the like.
characterized by or expressing such a quality: a patient smile.
quietly and steadily persevering or diligent, especially in detail or exactness: a patient worker.
undergoing the action of another (opposed to agent).
- having or showing the capacity for endurance: a man patient of distractions.
- susceptible of: This statement is patient of criticism.
Origin of patient
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
SYNONYMS FOR patient
pa·tient·less, adjectivepa·tient·ly, adverbpa·tient·ness, nouno·ver·pa·tient, adjective
qua·si-pa·tient, adjectivequa·si-pa·tient·ly, adverbsu·per·pa·tient, adjectivesu·per·pa·tient·ly, adverbun·pa·tient, adjectiveun·pa·tient·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for patientless
/ (ˈpeɪʃənt) /
enduring trying circumstances with even temper
capable of accepting delay with equanimity
persevering or diligenta patient worker
archaic admitting of a certain interpretation
a person who is receiving medical care
rare a person or thing that is the recipient of some action
Derived Formspatiently, adverb
Word Origin for patient
C14: see patience
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Medicine definitions for patientless
[ pā′shənt ]
One who receives medical attention, care, or treatment.
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