I. adjective Etymology: Middle English pacient, from Anglo-French, from Latin patient-, patiens, from present participle of pati to suffer; perhaps akin to Greek pēma suffering Date: 14th century 1. bearing pains or trials calmly or without complaint 2. manifesting forbearance under provocation or strain 3. not hasty or impetuous 4. steadfast despite opposition, difficulty, or adversity 5. a. able or willing to bear — used with of b. susceptible, admitting <
patient of one interpretation
patiently adverb II. noun Date: 14th century 1. a. an individual awaiting or under medical care and treatment b. the recipient of any of various personal services 2. one that is acted upon

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  • patient — patient, iente [ pasjɑ̃, jɑ̃t ] adj. et n. • 1120; lat. patiens, patientis I ♦ Adj. 1 ♦ Qui a de la patience (I, 1o), fait preuve de patience. « Mais le Vieux, qui n était pas patient, cria : Enfin, fous moi donc la paix ! » (Ch. L. Philippe).… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • patient — patient, ente (pa si an, an t ) adj. 1°   Terme didactique. Qui souffre, reçoit l impression d un agent. •   Dans les passions comme nous les considérons, l âme est patiente, et elle ne préside pas aux dispositions du corps, mais elle y sert,… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • patient — Patient, [pati]ente. adj. Qui reçoit l impression d un agent physique. En ce sens il est renfermé dans le dogmatique. Tous les estres à l égard les uns des autres sont agents ou patiens. Il sign. aussi, Qui souffre les adversitez, les injures,… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Patient — Pa tient, n. 1. One who, or that which, is passively affected; a passive recipient. [1913 Webster] Malice is a passion so impetuous and precipitate that it often involves the agent and the patient. Gov. of Tongue. [1913 Webster] 2. A person under …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Patient — Pa tient (p[=a] shent), a. [F., fr. L. patiens, entis, p. pr. of pati to suffer. Cf. {Pathos}, {Passion}.] 1. Having the quality of enduring; physically able to suffer or bear. [1913 Webster] Patient of severest toil and hardship. Bp. Fell. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 control 2. refusing to be provoked or angered, as by an insult; forbearing;… …   English World dictionary

  • patient — Under Title 11 U.S.C. Section 101: (40A) The term patient means any individual who obtains or receives services from a health care business. (40B) The term patient records means any written document relating to a patient or a record recorded in a …   Glossary of Bankruptcy

  • Patient — Sm std. (16. Jh.) Entlehnung. Übernommen aus l. patiēns ( entis) duldend, leidend , dem PPräs. von l. patī (passus sum) erdulden, hinnehmen, sich in einer Stimmung befinden .    Ebenso nndl. patiənt, ne. patient, nfrz. patient, nschw. patient,… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • Patient — [Basiswortschatz (Rating 1 1500)] Auch: • Patientin Bsp.: • Er ist Patient im Allgemeinen Krankenhaus. • Ich war der einzige Patient im Wartezimmer …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

  • Patient — Pa tient, v. t. To compose, to calm. [Obs.] Patient yourself, madam. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • patient — I adjective acquiescent, agreeable, assiduous, calm, compliant, composed, constant, continuing, controlled, decided, determined, diligent, docile, dogged, dutiful, easygoing, enduring, firm, forbearing, forgiving, hard working, imperturbable,… …   Law dictionary

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