pa·​tient·​ly | \ˈpā-shənt-lē \

Definition of patiently 

: in a patient manner : with calmness or without complaint or hurry in spite of delays, difficulties, tedium, etc. The bank customers waited patiently for the next teller. She very patiently answered all our questions. It wasn't until I was in my late teens, when my brother Caleb patiently taught me to play racquetball, that I realized I was coordinated enough to participate in athletic endeavors.— Rhoda Janzen

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The image of the gray-haired family physician, stethoscope in ear, patiently listening to the heartbeat of a porcelain doll as his young patient looks on, is indelible in the public memory. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, "Why Hasn’t Telemedicine Taken Off? Hey, Blame This Guy.," 3 July 2018 In the class, Roberts patiently listens to the inmates’ ideas while offering his own lyric and sound ideas. William Lee,, "Cook County inmates call new jail recording studio 'a blessing'; officials hope it reduces recidivism," 24 June 2018 Mom, Dad, Mari, and Bajin—and they’ve been seated behind us, listening patiently for the last half hour. Kevin Nguyen, GQ, "Naomi Osaka Is the Coolest Thing in Tennis," 24 May 2018 The clip ends as two security guards patiently listen as the patrons explain themselves. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Manager Loudly Reads Store’s Theft Policy to Black Customers, Calls Security When Asked Why," 10 May 2018 Belgium is patiently probing the French defense, with Axel Witsel and Mousa Dembele both staying at home to protect the back three. Rory Smith, New York Times, "France, With Flash to Spare, Reaches the World Cup Final," 11 July 2018 Russian intelligence gains influence in foreign countries by operating subtly and patiently. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Will Trump Be Meeting With His Counterpart — Or His Handler?," 8 July 2018 The wasters ignored her on her way out, all of them still standing patiently in line. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "A transgender girl rises up against alien invaders in Rich Larson’s novel Annex," 8 July 2018 Now 3-0 for the tournament, League City Red patiently just kept adding runs almost every inning while Fields was breezing on the hill. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "League City Red roasts League City White 12-2 to stay perfect at Pony 14s sectionals," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of patiently

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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