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1. Bearing or enduring pain, difficulty, provocation, or annoyance with calmness.
2. Marked by or exhibiting calm endurance of pain, difficulty, provocation, or annoyance.
3. Tolerant; understanding: an unfailingly patient leader and guide.
4. Persevering; constant: With patient industry, she revived the failing business and made it thrive.
5. Capable of calmly awaiting an outcome or result; not hasty or impulsive.
6. Capable of bearing or enduring pain, difficulty, provocation, or annoyance: "My uncle Toby was a man patient of injuries" (Laurence Sterne).
1. One who receives medical attention, care, or treatment.
2. Linguistics A noun or noun phrase identifying one that is acted upon or undergoes an action. Also called goal.
3. Obsolete One who suffers.

[Middle English pacient, from Old French, from Latin patiēns, patient-, present participle of patī, to endure; see pē(i)- in Indo-European roots.]

pa′tient·ly adv.
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Adv.1.patiently - with patience; in a patient manner; "he patiently played with the child"
impatiently - with impatience; in an impatient manner; "he answered her impatiently"
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[ˈpeɪʃəntlɪ] ADVcon paciencia, pacientemente
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[ˈpeɪʃəntli] adv [wait] → patiemment
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advgeduldig; to wait patientlygeduldig warten; a very patiently reconstructed picture of Babylonian lifeein mit Akribie rekonstruiertes Bild babylonischer Lebensweise
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[ˈpeɪʃntlɪ] advpazientemente
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(ˈpeiʃənt) adjective
suffering delay, pain, irritation etc quietly and without complaining. It will be your turn soon – you must just be patient!
a person who is being treated by a doctor, dentist etc. The hospital had too many patients.
ˈpatiently adverb
ˈpatience noun
1. the ability or willingness to be patient. Patience is a virtue.
2. a card game usually played by one person. She often plays patience.
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References in classic literature ?
A HEN who had patiently hatched out a brood of vipers, was accosted by a Swallow, who said: "What a fool you are to give life to creatures who will reward you by destroying you."
The Sheep patiently heard their statements, then flung the bone into a pond.
But if we only try patiently, and try long enough, we reach it at last -- in heaven, if not on earth.
She ran, and returned and ran again, many times before my sober footsteps reached the gate, and then she seated herself on the grassy bank beside the path, and tried to wait patiently; but that was impossible: she couldn't be still a minute.
With this I gave him a long account of some of my strangest adventures, to which he listened patiently.
I had tried to sketch an aspect of life that I had seen and known, and that was very well indeed, and I had wrought patiently and carefully in the art of the poor little affair.
For a long time, though studying and working patiently, I had accustomed myself to robust exercise.
He heard me very patiently; but when I had finished, shook his head, and told me in confidence that they were 'taboo'.
The inherent nobility in Lady Lydiard's nature was aroused: her great heart offered itself patiently to any sorrow, to any sacrifice.
Once she appeared to me, with tears in her eyes, and said, "We must wait, dear: our time has not come yet." Twice I saw her looking at me, like one disturbed by anxious thoughts; and twice I heard her say, "Live patiently, live innocently, George, for my sake."
Matthew had come in and was waiting patiently for his tea in his corner.
"Everybody is sorry for me," answered the nurse, as patiently as ever; "everybody is kind to me.

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