- patient [pā′shənt]adj.[ME pacient < OFr < L patiens, patient, prp. of pati: see PASSION]1. bearing or enduring pain, trouble, etc. without complaining or losing self-control2. refusing to be provoked or angered, as by an insult; forbearing; tolerant3. calmly tolerating delay, confusion, inefficiency, etc.4. able to wait calmly for something desired5. showing or characterized by patience [a patient face]6. steady; diligent; persevering [a patient worker]7. Rare receiving action; passiven.1. a person receiving care or treatment, esp. from a doctor2. Rare a person who receives an action3. Gram. the word or words designating the person or thing affected by the action of the verb——————patient of1. capable of bearing (fatigue, thirst, etc.)2. admitting of or having (a certain meaning)patientlyadv.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.