Other forms: patiences

Patience is a person's ability to wait something out or endure something tedious, without getting riled up. It takes a lot of patience to wait for your braces to come off, to deal with a toddler's temper tantrum, or to build a house out of toothpicks.

Having patience means you can remain calm, even when you've been waiting forever or dealing with something painstakingly slow or trying to teach someone how to do something and they just don't get it. It involves acceptance and tolerance, and is usually easier to have when there's something in it for you at the end. That could be a goal you've been slowly working to achieve, or just lower blood pressure.

Definitions of patience
  1. noun
    good-natured tolerance of delay or incompetence
    synonyms: forbearance, longanimity
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    a dislike of anything that causes delay
    type of:
    good nature
    a cheerful, obliging disposition
  2. noun
    a card game played by one person
    synonyms: solitaire
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    a form of solitaire that involves gambling
    a form of solitaire that begins with seven piles of cards with the top cards facing up; descending sequences of cards of alternating colors are built on these piles; as aces become available they are placed above the seven piles; the object is to build sequences in suit from ace to king as the remaining cards are dealt out one at a time
    Russian bank, crapette
    solitaire with two players using separate packs
    type of:
    card game, cards
    a game played with playing cards




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