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pa·tient

patient

 
 
pronunciation:
peI shnt
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
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part of speech: noun
definition: a person or animal that is getting medical treatment.
The doctor asked the patient how long he had been feeling sick.
 
synonyms:
case
similar words:
client, invalid, outpatient, victim
 
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: able to stand trouble or pain without complaining.
The barber was patient with the squirming child.
similar words:
enduring, meek, steadfast
definition 2: able to wait without complaining or becoming upset.
How could she be so patient when he kept her waiting for an hour?
antonyms:
impatient
similar words:
calm, cool, serene
derivation: patiently (adv.)
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The word patient contains the following parts:
pati, pass Latin root that means suffer, endure
synonyms:
path, patho, -pathic, -pathy
 
-ant, -ent Latin adjective- and noun-forming suffix that means (in adjectives) doing the action denoted by the verb root; (in nouns) one who or that which does the action denoted by the verb root.
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The suffix -ant , -ent forms adjectives and, to a much lesser extent, nouns from Latin verb stems such as fid in confident and stud in student . This suffix is the equivalent in Latin of the "-ing" inflection in English. Many adjectives ending in -ant , -ent have a corresponding noun ending in -ance, -ence, -ancy, -ency.