patient

You are patient if you don't get frustrated or annoyed when you have to wait or deal with difficulties. The band director may show patient leadership, but a football coach uses other methods with his team.

It may be difficult to wait for something that takes a long time or deal with someone who is annoying, but if you are patient, you endure these things calmly and without frustration. Endure is the keyword here as patient comes from the Latin verb pati "to suffer, endure." Think of the patient way a chess player wins a game — calmly, steadily and willing to wait for the right time to act.

Primary Meanings of patient

1.
adj
enduring trying circumstances with even temper or characterized by such endurance
2.
n
a person who requires medical care
3.
n
the semantic role of an entity that is not the agent but is directly involved in or affected by the happening denoted by the verb in the clause
Full Definitions of patient
1

adj enduring trying circumstances with even temper or characterized by such endurance

“a patient smile”
“was patient with the children”
“an exact and patient scientist”
“please be patient
Synonyms:
uncomplaining
not complaining
diligent, persevering
quietly and steadily persevering especially in detail or exactness
enduring, long-suffering
patiently bearing continual wrongs or trouble
forbearing, longanimous
showing patient and unruffled self-control and restraint under adversity; slow to retaliate or express resentment
patient of, tolerant
showing the capacity for endurance
unhurried
capable of accepting delay with equanimity
tolerant
showing respect for the rights or opinions or practices of others
Antonyms:
impatient
restless or short-tempered under delay or opposition
agitated
troubled emotionally and usually deeply
restive
impatient especially under restriction or delay
unforbearing
unwilling to endure
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n a person who requires medical care

“the number of emergency patients has grown rapidly”
Types:
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alexic
a person with alexia
analysand
a person undergoing psychoanalysis
arthritic
a person afflicted with arthritis
hypertensive
a person who has abnormally high blood pressure
hypochondriac
a patient with imaginary symptoms and ailments
hypotensive
a person who has abnormally low blood pressure
index case
the earliest documented case of a disease that is included in an epidemiological study
inmate, inpatient
a patient who is residing in the hospital where he is being treated
outpatient
a patient who does not reside in the hospital where he is being treated
vaccinee
a patient who has been vaccinated
Type of:
case
a person requiring professional services
diseased person, sick person, sufferer
a person suffering from an illness
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n the semantic role of an entity that is not the agent but is directly involved in or affected by the happening denoted by the verb in the clause

Synonyms:
affected role, patient role
Type of:
participant role, semantic role
(linguistics) the underlying relation that a constituent has with the main verb in a clause