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  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.
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  1. bearing provocation, annoyance, misfortune, delay, hardship, pain, etc., with fortitude and calm and without complaint, anger, or the like.
  2. characterized by or expressing such a quality: a patient smile.
  3. quietly and steadily persevering or diligent, especially in detail or exactness: a patient worker.
  4. undergoing the action of another (opposed to agent).
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  1. patient of,
    1. having or showing the capacity for endurance: a man patient of distractions.
    2. susceptible of: This statement is patient of criticism.
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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
Related formspa·tient·less, adjectivepa·tient·ly, adverbpa·tient·ness, nouno·ver·pa·tient, adjectivequa·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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Related Words for patiently

calmly, bravely, quietly, meekly, steadily, firmly, dispassionately, enduringly, impassively, imperturbably, resignedly, submissively, tolerantly, unabatingly

Examples from the Web for patiently

Contemporary Examples of patiently

Historical Examples of patiently

  • 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.

  • 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

    Ernest Poole

  • It is dreadful, replied Crawford, but I will endeavor to bear it patiently.

    Chronicles of Border Warfare

    Alexander Scott Withers

British Dictionary definitions for patiently


  1. enduring trying circumstances with even temper
  2. tolerant; understanding
  3. capable of accepting delay with equanimity
  4. persevering or diligenta patient worker
  5. archaic admitting of a certain interpretation
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  1. a person who is receiving medical care
  2. rare a person or thing that is the recipient of some action
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Derived Formspatiently, adverb

Word Origin for patient

C14: see patience
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Word Origin and History for patiently



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

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"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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

patiently in Medicine


  1. One who receives medical attention, care, or treatment.
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