Patient Definition

pāshənt
patients
adjective
Bearing or enduring pain, trouble, etc. without complaining or losing self-control.
Webster's New World
Marked by or exhibiting calm endurance of pain, difficulty, provocation, or annoyance.
American Heritage
Refusing to be provoked or angered, as by an insult; forbearing; tolerant.
Webster's New World
Calmly tolerating delay, confusion, inefficiency, etc.
Webster's New World
Tolerant; understanding.
An unfailingly patient leader and guide.
American Heritage
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noun
patients
A person receiving care or treatment, esp. from a doctor.
Webster's New World
A person who receives an action.
Webster's New World
The word or words designating the person or thing affected by the action of the verb.
Webster's New World
One who suffers.
American Heritage
One who, or that which, is passively affected; a passive recipient.
Wiktionary
Antonyms:
doctor
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idiom
patient of
  • capable of bearing (fatigue, thirst, etc.)
  • admitting of or having (a certain meaning)
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Patient

Noun

Singular:
patient
Plural:
patients, patient 0s

Adjective

Base Form:
patient
Superlative:
patientest

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Patient

  • patient of

Origin of Patient

  • From Latin patiens, present participle of pati (“to suffer, endure"); akin to Greek πάσχειν (paskhein, “to suffer"); see pathos, from Proto-Indo-European *pÄ“(i)- "to hurt" [Pokorny pÄ“(i)- 792].

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English pacient from Old French from Latin patiēns patient- present participle of patī to endure pē(i)- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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