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Definition of "patient" []

  • Bearing or enduring pain, difficulty, provocation, or annoyance with calmness. (adjective)
  • Marked by or exhibiting calm endurance of pain, difficulty, provocation, or annoyance. (adjective)
  • Tolerant; understanding: an unfailingly patient leader and guide. (adjective)
  • Persevering; constant: With patient industry, she revived the failing business and made it thrive. (adjective)
  • Capable of calmly awaiting an outcome or result; not hasty or impulsive. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "patient" in a sentence
  • "I have to say that two female neurosurgeons talking about their patient *as their patient* rather than as a man would not be a fail to me, although I'm not sure whether I'm saying it wouldn't fail the rule or just wouldn't in general bother me."
  • "She was being patient -- _patient_, poor lamb, and only God himself knew how she cried when she was left alone in her white bed, the door closed between her and all the house."
  • ""One cannot understand how a compounder can diagnose and administer an injection to a patient& It appears that Sangupani complained to the compounder that he was having chest pain and the compounder keeping in mind that on earlier occasions the doctor prescribed Deriphyllin injection, administered it to the patient."