Definition for PA'TIENT

PA'TIENT, a. [pa'shent; Fr. from L. patiens.]

  1. Having the quality of enduring evils without murmuring or fretfulness; sustaining afflictions of body or mind with fortitude, calmness or Christian submission to the divine will; as, a patient person, or a person of patient temper. It is followed by of before the evil endured; as, patient of labor or pain; patient of heat or cold. – Ray.
  2. Not easily provoked; calm under the sufferance of injuries or offenses; not revengeful. Be patient toward all men. – 1 Thess. v.
  3. Persevering; constant in pursuit or exertion; calmly diligent. Whatever I have done is due to patient thought. – Newton.
  4. Not hasty not over eager or impetuous; waiting or expecting with calmness or without discontent. Not patient to expect the turns of fate. – Prior.

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