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pa·tient

patient

 
 
pronunciation:
peI shnt
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
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part of speech: noun
definition: a person or animal undergoing medical treatment.
The patient listened carefully to the doctor's explanation.The dentist's waiting room was filled with patients.
 
synonyms:
case
similar words:
client, inmate, invalid, outpatient, victim
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: enduring misfortune, pain, or hardship calmly or without complaining.
His parents were patient folks who calmly accepted what they believed was their lot in life.
synonyms:
long-suffering, tolerant
antonyms:
rebellious
similar words:
enduring, meek, philosophic, resigned, steadfast, stoic
definition 2: willing or able to wait calmly when faced with delay or obstacles, or when tempted to take immediate action.
Be patient. The bus will be here soon.They wanted to marry right away, but they were patient and decided to wait.
synonyms:
forbearing
antonyms:
impatient
similar words:
calm, composed, cool, imperturbable, nonchalant, self-possessed, serene, unflappable
definition 3: steadily persevering; persisting.
She was remarkably patient in pursuing her goals.
synonyms:
persevering, persistent
antonyms:
impatient
similar words:
assiduous, determined, diligent, dogged, industrious, sedulous, staunch, tenacious, tireless
definition 4: tolerant of others' shortcomings.
I was lucky to have a patient piano teacher.If you would be more patient with her, she would not be so afraid of you.
antonyms:
impatient
definition 5: having or showing forbearance when faced with opposition or challenge from others.
The boss was patient and listened carefully to all the various objections to his proposal.
definition 6: marked by patience.
Being a counselor requires patient listening.She gave a patient response to the irate questioner in the audience.
antonyms:
impatient
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derivation: patiently (adv.)
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