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Meaning of patient

pa•tient

Pronunciation: (pā'shunt), [key]
— n.
  1. a person who is under medical care or treatment.
  2. a person or thing that undergoes some action.
  3. a sufferer or victim.
—adj.
  1. bearing provocation, annoyance, misfortune, delay, hardship, pain, etc., with fortitude and calm and without complaint, anger, or the like.
  2. characterized by or expressing such a quality: a patient smile.
  3. quietly and steadily persevering or diligent, esp. in detail or exactness: a patient worker.
  4. undergoing the action of another (opposed to agent&hasp;).
  5. a man patient of distractions.
    1. having or showing the capacity for endurance:a man patient of distractions.
    2. susceptible of:This statement is patient of criticism.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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