Pa"tient (?), a. [F., fr. L. patiens, -entis, of pati to suffer. Cf. Pathos, Passion.]


Having the quality of enduring; physically able to suffer or bear.

Patient of severest toil and hardship. Bp. Fell.


Undergoing pains, trails, or the like, without murmuring or fretfulness; bearing up with equanimity against trouble; long-suffering.


Constant in pursuit or exertion; persevering; calmly diligent; as, patient endeavor.

Whatever I have done is due to patient thought. Sir I. Newton.


Expectant with calmness, or without discontent; not hasty; not overeager; composed.

Not patient to expect the turns of fate. Prior.


Forbearing; long-suffering.

Be patient toward all men. 1 Thess. v. 14.


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Pa"tient, n.


One who, or that which, is passively affected; a passive recipient.

Malice is a passion so impetuous and precipitate that often involves the agent and the patient. Gov. of Tongue.


A person under medical or surgical treatment; -- correlative to physician or nurse.

Like a physician, . . . seeing his patient in a pestilent fever. Sir P. Sidney.

In patient, a patient who receives lodging and food, as treatment, in a hospital or an infirmary. -- Out patient, one who receives advice and medicine, or treatment, from an infirmary.


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Pa"tient, v. t.

To compose, to calm.

[Obs.] "Patient yourself, madam."



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