patient

adjective
pa·tient | \ ˈpā-shənt \

Definition of patient 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : bearing pains or trials calmly or without complaint

2 : manifesting forbearance under provocation or strain

3 : not hasty or impetuous

4 : steadfast despite opposition, difficulty, or adversity

5a : able or willing to bear used with of

b : susceptible, admitting patient of one interpretation

patient

noun
pa·tient | \ ˈpā-shənt \

Definition of patient (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : an individual awaiting or under medical care and treatment cancer patients psychiatric patients

b : the recipient of any of various personal services

2 : one that is acted upon are agents as well as patients and observers in the world —C. H. Whiteley

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Other words from patient

Adjective

patiently adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for patient

Synonyms: Adjective

forbearing, long-suffering, stoic (or stoical), tolerant, uncomplaining

Synonyms: Noun

case

Antonyms: Adjective

complaining, fed up, impatient, protesting

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Examples of patient in a Sentence

Adjective

To pry apart violent Islamic radicals, the United States has to become knowledgeable about internal cleavages and be patient in exploiting them. —Samantha Power, New York Times Book Review, 29 July 2007 I pack them into the compartment for a visit, pack till it's full far beyond capacity and weep with them, share with them my scanty bit of good fortune, tell them I care, tell them be patient, tell them I'm on their side … —John Edgar Wideman, Harper's, December 2003 There's no sense being patient with people who make you wait, because they'll only make you wait longer the next time. —Andrew A. Rooney, And More by Andy Rooney, (1979) 1982 I hate having to stand in long lines. I'm just not very patient. The teacher treated her students in a patient and understanding way. “Aren't you finished yet?” “Be patient. I'll be done soon.” Proofreading requires patient attention to detail. They put in years of patient labor on the project.

Noun

Several patients were waiting to see the doctor. the nurse asked the patient to change into a paper gown
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Having a dentist who holds patient appreciation drawings and takes community outreach seriously is only one telephone call away. Karlie Brand, sandiegouniontribune.com, "8 reasons you’ll wish this dentist was yours," 11 July 2018 Chelsea Laliberte, vice president for patient and family services at the Addiction Policy Forum, said the proposal is a step toward improving access to treatment for those struggling with opioid addiction. Lisa Schencker, chicagotribune.com, "Illinois seeks to expand Obamacare coverage of opioid addiction treatment, prevention," 5 July 2018 It was officially declared an Ebola outbreak on May 8, when lab testing done in Kinshasa, Congo’s capital, confirmed that two patient samples had the virus. New York Times, "Ebola Outbreak in Central Africa Is ‘Largely Contained’," 28 June 2018 They also are accused of altering patient medical charts to cover up and conceal fraudulent billings for future health care audits. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, "Major crackdown on 'drug dealers in lab coats' nets Louisville doctors," 28 June 2018 Family is everything Jerisha gives praise to God for giving her guidance on balancing a family, school and her job as patient care technician in the trauma unit at Froedtert Hospital as well as a nurse intern. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Fueled by a passion for nursing that started with her Barbies, she fought through teen pregnancy on her way to getting degree," 26 June 2018 Although the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act currently protects patient health information, laws can change and databases can be hacked. WSJ, "Should Doctors Routinely Talk to Patients About Gun Use?," 24 June 2018 This early gene therapy study involved just three patients—although, granted, trials for rare disorders like Duchenne muscular dystrophy have very limited patient pools. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Why Sarepta Stock Skyrocketed 40% Today," 19 June 2018 In patient observational sequences, the film moves back and forth between these two sagas: following one family through many stages of migration; watching as the much larger group of shipwreck survivors endures their long limbo in Italy. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'It Will Be Chaos': Film Review | Seattle 2018," 18 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Marilyn Icsman/The Enquirer Mason nurse-practitioner Teaera Roland has long wanted to bring medical marijuana into her work with patients. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati hospitals reluctantly realize that medical marijuana is coming to town," 11 July 2018 With Syrian patients, in Israel In the meantime, in the northern Israeli coastal town of Nahariya, the process of fostering new attitudes among Syrians continues. Dina Kraft, The Christian Science Monitor, "Syrian civil war, on Israel's doorstep, brings swirl of changing attitudes," 11 July 2018 But this was his first chance to see the work firsthand, visiting Smile Train’s partner hospitals in Mexico and hosting an American football game with patients and their families. Jenny Vrentas, SI.com, "For Many NFL Players, Summer Doesn't Bring Much of a Break," 9 July 2018 The Trump administration is freezing payments that are part of an Obamacare program that protects insurers with sicker patients from financial losses, a move expected to add to premium increases next year. NBC News, "Trump administration takes another swipe at Obamacare," 9 July 2018 Under the risk-adjustment program, those insurers make payments into a pool that is redistributed to plans with sicker, more costly patients. Brian Broderick And Sarah Kopit, latimes.com, "Trump administration freezes billions of dollars in payments to Obamacare insurers," 8 July 2018 Yet three months after treatment with the new therapy patients appear to be producing functional versions of the stuff. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Risky Drug Approval Lesson," 4 July 2018 Last month British Prime Minister Theresa May apologised after the NHS postponed tens of thousands of non-emergency operations to free up staff and beds to deal with emergency patients. Jenny Deam, Houston Chronicle, "Help us investigate medical billing in the Texas health care industry," 3 July 2018 Chiding a judge who sided with sick patients and saying plaintiffs likely won’t win on the merits of the case, an appellate court on Tuesday refused to allow smokable medical marijuana while a legal fight continues to play out. Dara Kam, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Smoking medical marijuana not allowed while legal fight continues," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of patient

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for patient

Adjective

Middle English pacient, from Anglo-French, from Latin patient-, patiens, from present participle of pati to suffer; perhaps akin to Greek pēma suffering

Noun

see patient entry 1

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The first known use of patient was in the 14th century

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patient

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of patient

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: able to remain calm and not become annoyed when waiting for a long time or when dealing with problems or difficult people

: done in a careful way over a long period of time without hurrying

patient

noun

English Language Learners Definition of patient (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who receives medical care or treatment

patient

adjective
pa·tient | \ ˈpā-shənt \

Kids Definition of patient

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: able to or showing the ability to remain calm when dealing with a difficult or annoying situation, task, or person a patient response a patient teacher

Other words from patient

patiently adverb

patient

noun

Kids Definition of patient (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person under medical care or treatment

patient

noun
pa·tient | \ ˈpā-shənt \

Medical Definition of patient 

1 : a sick individual especially when awaiting or under the care and treatment of a physician or surgeon the hospital is equipped to handle 500 patients

2 : a client for medical service (as of a physician or dentist) a good practice with a large number of patients

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