patience

noun
pa·​tience | \ ˈpā-shən(t)s \

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

Access is by Cessna from the airstrip at Shell, a steamy frontier town on the edge of the Amazon, and flights are impossible in rain, so patience is required on entry and exit. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Places Our Travel Specialists Say You Should Go in 2019," 17 Dec. 2018 Loyer displays patience and composure on the court. George Stoia, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State: Foster Loyer looks like he may help, even at Moneyball," 11 July 2018 This music is not for everyone and requires patience. Joshua Zucker, SFChronicle.com, "John Zorn and Bill Laswell make rare duo appearance at the Chapel," 11 July 2018 Showing this to be true requires research as well as patience and dialogue. Anthony A. James, STAT, "Gene-drive technology must be developed in a safe, ethical way," 10 July 2018 True investing takes time, patience and perseverance. Resale value. Mark Daly, idahostatesman, "Constructing your financial house takes as much care as building your dream home," 20 June 2018 John had many virtues, but patience was not one of them. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of Former Senator Joe Lieberman's Speech at John McCain's Memorial Service," 1 Sep. 2018 The international community's patience has been waning with the young nation and last month the U.N. Security Council imposed an arms embargo. Sam Mednick, Fox News, "South Sudan's warring leaders sign peace deal to share power," 5 Aug. 2018 Thank you again for your patience and understanding during this time of change. Paul Bond, The Hollywood Reporter, "Disney-Fox Deal Approved by Department of Justice," 27 June 2018

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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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patience

noun
pa·​tience | \ ˈpā-shəns \

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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