patient


patient

noun

  1. a person who is under medical care or treatment.
  2. a person or thing that undergoes some action.
  3. Archaic. a sufferer or victim.

adjective

  1. bearing provocation, annoyance, misfortune, delay, hardship, pain, etc., with fortitude and calm and without complaint, anger, or the like.
  2. characterized by or expressing such a quality: a patient smile.
  3. quietly and steadily persevering or diligent, especially in detail or exactness: a patient worker.
  4. undergoing the action of another (opposed to agent).

Idioms

  1. patient of,
    1. having or showing the capacity for endurance: a man patient of distractions.
    2. susceptible of: This statement is patient of criticism.

adjective

  1. enduring trying circumstances with even temper
  2. tolerant; understanding
  3. capable of accepting delay with equanimity
  4. persevering or diligenta patient worker
  5. archaic admitting of a certain interpretation

noun

  1. a person who is receiving medical care
  2. rare a person or thing that is the recipient of some action

adj.mid-14c., “enduring without complaint,” from Old French pacient and directly from Latin patientem (see patience). Related: Patiently. n.“suffering or sick person under medical treatment,” late 14c., from Old French pacient (n.), from the adjective, from Latin patientem (see patience). n.

  1. One who receives medical attention, care, or treatment.

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