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pat 1

v. pat·ted, pat·ting, pats
a. To tap gently with the open hand or with something flat.
b. To stroke lightly as a gesture of affection. See Synonyms at caress.
2. To mold by tapping gently with the hands or a flat implement.
1. To run or walk with a tapping sound.
2. To hit something or against something gently or lightly.
1. A light gentle stroke or tap.
2. The sound made by a light stroke or tap or by light footsteps.
3. A small mass shaped by or as if by patting: a pat of butter.
pat on the back
An expression or gesture of praise or approval: Let's give them a pat on the back for doing a good job.

[From Middle English, a blow, perhaps of imitative origin.]

pat 2

a. Suitable; fitting: "Suggestions about her reasons for going are made indirectly, lightly and ambiguously; no pat explanation is offered" (Janna Malamud Smith).
b. Fitting or satisfactory in a superficial or contrived way, especially in being trite or glib: "The dialogue is sometimes stilted and the ending too pat" (Leonard Malkin).
2. Games Being a poker hand that is strong enough to make drawing cards unlikely to improve it.
adv. Informal
Readily or perfectly as a result of memorization or familiarization: They've got the system down pat. He has the lesson pat.

[From pat.]

pat′ly adv.
pat′ness n.


point after touchdown
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the characteristic of being pat; appropriateness; aptness
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.patness - timely convenience
convenience - the quality of being useful and convenient; "they offered the convenience of an installment plan"
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The new 'Sonic' isn't alone in its patness and unoriginal design: Tim Burton's 'Dumbo' was a disappointment both financially and critically because, despite whatever internal studio memos reported, an expanded roster of human characters was not what the charming original cartoon from 1941 was missing, nor was its lack of photo-realistic CGI elephants.
Yet if it tends toward a certain narrative patness, "Mercy" derives considerable atmosphere and emotional authenticity from the persuasive social environment it builds around John.
Such incongruous patness points us toward the "doubt and dark" with which our sayings are always circumstanced.