Adjective "Patient" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Able to accept or tolerate delays, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious.
  1. 'a patient and painstaking approach'
  2. 'The people of Gloucester must have been affected by the patient suffering of their pastor.'
  3. 'If you are slow and patient it is possible to get quite near to them, and this was certainly the closest either of us had been to a shark in a long time.'
  4. 'He wasn't the most calm and patient person in the world when it came to matters of the heart.'
  5. 'The glossy surface, apparently built up from a patient succession of thin glazes, is exactly in her manner.'
  6. 'It's become hard to imagine anyone else pulling off such stubborn, patient beauty.'
  7. 'The Foss Basin is always a safe bet at this time of year and pike anglers have been reaping the rewards of a patient approach.'
  8. 'This time, they are taking a more patient approach.'


A person receiving or registered to receive medical treatment.
  1. 'An AIDS patient receives antiretroviral drugs in a Kenyan hospital.'
  2. 'Critically ill, morbidly obese patients present serious challenges to physicians treating them.'
  3. 'Just like any doctor, we take a patient's medical details and allergies before a consultation.'
  4. 'An acute shortage of human organs means that many patients die waiting for transplants, however.'
  5. 'Hospital chiefs insist no patient suffered worse treatment because of the scandal.'
  6. 'They were able to define three clinical characteristics that put hospitalized heart failure patients at greatest risk of mortality.'
  7. 'Not all beta blockers are equally tolerated by patients with chronic heart failure.'
  8. 'This could also open the way for hospitals to start charging patients for treatment.'
  9. 'The test also has limited usefulness for patients with diabetes and end-stage renal disease.'
  10. 'Today's surgical patient often is discharged with wounds that require nursing care at home.'
The semantic role of a noun phrase denoting something that is affected or acted upon by the action of a verb.


    1. a person who is under medical care or treatment.

    2. a person or thing that undergoes some action.

    3. Archaic. a sufferer or victim. adjective

    4. bearing provocation, annoyance, misfortune, delay, hardship, pain, etc., with fortitude and calm and without complaint, anger, or the like.

    5. characterized by or expressing such a quality: a patient smile.

    6. quietly and steadily persevering or diligent, especially in detail or exactness: a patient worker.

    7. undergoing the act

    More examples(as adjective)

    "people can be patient with people."

    "people can be patient for hostages."

    "people can be patient in/at/on todays."

    "teachers can be patient with immaturities."

    "sellers can be patient in/at/on days."

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    Middle English: from Old French, from Latin patient- ‘suffering’, from the verb pati.