[ pey-shuhnt ]
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  1. a person who is under medical care or treatment.

  2. a person or thing that undergoes some action.

  1. Archaic. a sufferer or victim.

  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.

  1. quietly and steadily persevering or diligent, especially in detail or exactness: a patient worker.

  2. undergoing the action of another (opposed to agent).

Idioms about patient

  1. 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

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English adjective and noun pacient, from Middle French, from Latin patient-, stem of patiēns, present participle of patī “to undergo, suffer, bear”; see -ent

Other words for patient

Opposites for patient

Other words from patient

  • pa·tient·less, adjective
  • pa·tient·ly, adverb
  • pa·tient·ness, noun
  • o·ver·pa·tient, adjective
  • quasi-patient, adjective
  • qua·si-pa·tient·ly, adverb
  • su·per·pa·tient, adjective
  • su·per·pa·tient·ly, adverb
  • un·pa·tient, adjective
  • un·pa·tient·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use patient in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for patient


/ (ˈpeɪʃənt) /

  1. enduring trying circumstances with even temper

  2. tolerant; understanding

  1. capable of accepting delay with equanimity

  2. persevering or diligent: a patient worker

  3. archaic admitting of a certain interpretation

  1. a person who is receiving medical care

  2. rare a person or thing that is the recipient of some action

Origin of patient

C14: see patience

Derived forms of patient

  • patiently, adverb

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