- 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).
- patient of,
- having or showing the capacity for endurance: a man patient of distractions.
- susceptible of: This statement is patient of criticism.
Origin of patient
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Examples from the Web for patiently
He patiently explains that overheating prisoners is not just a human-rights issue.Here’s a Reform Even the Koch Brothers and George Soros Can Agree On
November 10, 2014
My mother removed them patiently while Grace cackled, thrilled that her prank had been a success.Welcome to Generation Overshare: Lena Dunham, Taylor Swift, and the Politics of Self-Disclosure
November 6, 2014
His faith in a higher power helped his fear subside as he patiently waited to be rescued.Victor Mooney’s Epic Adventure for His Dead Brother
October 19, 2014
Obama is what was once called a “long head”—a leader who patiently tries to think a few moves past everyone else.This Really Is Obama's Moment of Truth
September 4, 2014
Backstage, a young woman, who was just a child during the first two Cianci tenures, patiently waited to hand him her card.Can America’s Favorite Ex-Con Mayor Win Again?
June 22, 2014
There is no parallel in history to the humiliation they have patiently borne.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
And we did well to patiently abide the complete unfoldment of the Divine plan.City of Endless Night
They were all to wait as patiently as possible till she came back.Four Girls and a Compact
Annie Hamilton Donnell
I promptly refused, but patiently from time to time she repeated her request.The Harbor
It is dreadful, replied Crawford, but I will endeavor to bear it patiently.Chronicles of Border Warfare
Alexander Scott Withers
- enduring trying circumstances with even temper
- tolerant; understanding
- 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
Word Origin and History for patiently
mid-14c., "enduring without complaint," from Old French pacient and directly from Latin patientem (see patience). Related: Patiently.
"suffering or sick person under medical treatment," late 14c., from Old French pacient (n.), from the adjective, from Latin patientem (see patience).
- One who receives medical attention, care, or treatment.