pa·​tience | \ ˈpā-shən(t)s How to pronounce patience (audio) \

Definition of patience

1 : the capacity, habit, or fact of being patient
2 chiefly British : solitaire sense 2

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Examples of patience in a Sentence

To be a biographer is a somewhat peculiar endeavor. It seems to me it requires not only the tact, patience, and thoroughness of a scholar but also the stamina of a horse. — Nancy Milford, Vanity Fair, August 2001 … in this time of bioethical conundrums, it is good to know that patience, good will, and personal morality will untie far more intellectual knots than the disarray of rancor, conflict, and special interests … — Sherwin B. Nuland, New Republic, 13 Dec. 1999 Mind-numbing delays and irrelevant search results are enough to try the patience of the most saintly Web surfers. — Neil Gross et al., Business Week, 14 June 1999 After a while, their ideological certitudes tried the patience of their own peoples … — Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., New Yorker, 16 Nov. 1992 I don't have the patience to wait in line for hours just to buy a ticket. Investors need to have patience. The economy will improve soon. She treated her students with great patience and humor. I don't have the patience to do crossword puzzles.
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First Known Use of patience

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for patience

see patient entry 1

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The first known use of patience was in the 13th century

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16 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Patience.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of patience

: the ability to wait for a long time without becoming annoyed or upset
: the ability to remain calm and not become annoyed when dealing with problems or with difficult people
: the ability to give attention to something for a long time without becoming bored or losing interest


pa·​tience | \ ˈpā-shəns How to pronounce patience (audio) \

Kids Definition of patience

: the ability to remain calm when dealing with a difficult or annoying situation, task, or person A person will need patience to do this work.

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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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