patience

noun
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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Synonyms & Antonyms for patience

Synonyms

forbearance, long-suffering, sufferance, tolerance

Antonyms

impatience

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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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Recent Examples on the Web

Trump’s top immigration officials had repeatedly warned the president that results from their work to curb the flow of migrants might not be evident until July, and urged patience. Maggie Haberman, BostonGlobe.com, "Mexico relented on border issues long before Trump announced tariffs deal," 8 June 2019 Not everything comes to those who wait, but among the byproducts of patience are bases on balls. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville baseball coach Dan McDonnell wants Logan Wyatt to be 'greedier' at the plate," 6 June 2019 While David believes that Kylie completely understands and respects the thought process that Travis is going through right now, eventually her patience might run out. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott's Birth Charts Reveal When It's Likely That They'll Have Another Kid," 22 May 2019 But other officials urged the president to maintain his resolve, and urged patience from West Wing colleagues. Michael C. Bender, WSJ, "Pelosi Asks Trump to Delay State of the Union Address," 16 Jan. 2019 Exercise patience if your children react unfavorably and keep the lines of communication open. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Dating and Single Motherhood," 1 Mar. 2019 Sadly, it’s patience too few investors actually have. Chuck Jaffe, The Seattle Times, "Lessons lost; investors failed the downturn test of 2018," 13 Apr. 2019 His reward for his patience was to be labeled, in the space of a news cycle, a lawbreaking, dishonest, obstructing hack. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "For Fear of William Barr," 2 May 2019 Harvey is quick to point out that, historically speaking, only one in eight market downturns lasts longer than three months, meaning investors typically are rewarded for patience. Chuck Jaffe, The Seattle Times, "Lessons lost; investors failed the downturn test of 2018," 13 Apr. 2019

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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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patience

noun

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

patience

noun
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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