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, kvetching, kvetchy, 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

The firing of AD Sheahon Zenger at Kansas and installation of Jeff Long suggests the Jayhawks administration won’t be patient with coach David Beaty, who has won three games in three years. Andy Staples, SI.com, "Why Florida's Successful Chris Leak/Tim Tebow QB Model Probably Isn't Right for Alabama This Year," 12 July 2018 He was immediately removed from clinical care and, in July 2016, Levy entered an in-patient treatment facility. Washington Post, "Former VA pathologist denies being impaired on duty," 9 July 2018 He was immediately removed from clinical care and, in July 2016, Levy entered an in-patient treatment facility. Hannah Grabenstein, The Seattle Times, "Former VA pathologist denies being impaired on duty," 9 July 2018 Our government has been patient with the President and his protectionist agenda. Ciara Nugent, Time, "'An Unprecedented Scandal': How Newspapers Around the World Reacted to Trump's Behavior at the G-7 Summit," 11 June 2018 The ultra-patient breed blessed with analytical skills is accustomed to institutions that move at glacial speed. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, "Mexican American Studies scholars waging fight against SBOE this week," 27 May 2018 Several startups have developed software aimed at making clinician workflow and doctor-patient communication more efficient, but few attempt to do both. Heather Mack, WSJ, "Luma Health Raises $6 Million for Doctor-Patient Message Software," 22 May 2018 The ever-patient Maddon leaned on his days as an amateur scout with the Angels from 1981 to 1984. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "Lots of buzz about Manny Machado, but the Cubs have bigger issues," 21 May 2018 Hidden from view behind a Giant Eagle, the out-patient center is low-lit, painted cool colors and decorated with inspirational messages. Ginger Christ, cleveland.com, "A 'disservice' to people? U.S. Senate candidate Mike Gibbons' addiction center uses controversial methods," 27 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Purdue sought the lawsuit's dismissal, arguing the state is trying to hold the company liable while disregarding factors such as a doctor's judgment and a patient's decision on how to use the drug. Author: Becky Bohrer, Anchorage Daily News, "Judge allows Alaska’s lawsuit against opioid manufacturer to proceed," 13 July 2018 If a patient or their insurance company doesn’t want to pay for the test, doctors by default give chemotherapy, Pecora said. Lindsay Carlton, Fox News, "Data sharing company helps improve cancer patient outcomes, reduce total cost of care," 13 July 2018 In January, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Isaac Moss used the robot to remove and fuse a patient’s deteriorated spinal discs using only small incisions, according to UConn. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "UConn Health Is First U.S. Hospital With Augmented Reality Surgical Microscope," 12 July 2018 The virtual reality, or VR, technology provides multi-sensory environments that can be readily created and modified to a patient’s needs in an effort to help veterans transition into civilian life. Priscella Vega, latimes.com, "OC Fair virtual reality exhibit provides window into PTSD treatment," 11 July 2018 Another was wowed by a patient's treatment in Michigan. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "Medical marijuana: Meet some of Greater Cincinnati's first doctors who can sign Ohio medical marijuana cards," 10 July 2018 Johnson was fired from St. Luke’s after being accused of delaying care to a patient. Kimberlee Kruesi, The Seattle Times, "Idaho pharmacist sues hospital, alleging discrimination," 10 July 2018 National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson confirmed Monday that the helicopter was transporting a patient from Hobart before its pilot made an emergency landing. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "Helicopter that crash-landed in Chicago over weekend originated from Hobart hospital," 9 July 2018 The state charges a patient $60 for a medical marijuana card. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Autism, 10 other conditions now qualify patients for medical marijuana," 9 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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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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