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

Implicit in this distinction is that for culture one should be ready to pay a price—in education, in patience, yes, even in dollars—but that viewing sports is a more public, democratic activity, open to all who are interested, kids among them. Joseph Epstein, WSJ, "Don’t Take Me Out to the Ballgame—I Can’t Afford It," 12 July 2018 But maintaining liberty and self-government requires patience, grace, and goodwill. Mark Sappenfield, The Christian Science Monitor, "The costs of liberty," 15 June 2018 These are not the actions of a man unsure of himself, or prone to unnecessary patience. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Hello, KU AD Jeff Long. Goodbye, football coach David Beaty," 11 July 2018 Sushi Nakano accepts no reservations, and this may become an exercise in patience once the broader public catches on. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "No-frills Sushi Nakano one of the best casual sushi restaurants in Phoenix," 10 July 2018 Oh my God: Cheers to Ken & @lisavanderpump for all their hard work & patience! Kelly Conaboy, The Cut, "Wait — Did Tom Sandoval Announce Tom Tom’s Opening Date?," 10 July 2018 Republican lawmakers’ patience was also wearing thin. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Scott Pruitt, Trump’s scandal plagued EPA chief, has resigned," 5 July 2018 Family doctor with kind eyes and infinite patience. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, "Why Hasn’t Telemedicine Taken Off? Hey, Blame This Guy.," 3 July 2018 But during the Marlins 8-2 win over the Mets on Friday night, the distant future didn’t matter — not the process, nor the patience. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Marlins' future on display as Sandy Alcantara, Lewis Brinson lead Miami past Mets," 30 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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The first known use of patience was in the 13th century

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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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