Definitions for Patienceˈpeɪ ʃəns

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pa•tienceˈpeɪ ʃəns(n.)

  1. the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain without complaint, loss of temper, or anger.

  2. an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay.

  3. quiet, steady perseverance; even-tempered care; diligence.

  4. Chiefly Brit.

    Category: British, Games

    Ref: solitaire (def. 1). 1

Origin of patience:

1175–1225; ME pacience < OF < L patientia. See patient , -ence

Princeton's WordNet

  1. patience, forbearance, longanimity(noun)

    good-natured tolerance of delay or incompetence

  2. solitaire, patience(noun)

    a card game played by one person

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. patience(noun)ˈpeɪ ʃəns

    the ability to stay focused on an activity for a long time

    Hunting requires patience, skill, and ability.

  2. patienceˈpeɪ ʃəns

    the ability not to get angry when sth is difficult, annoying, etc.

    I don't have the patience to work with very young children.

  3. patienceˈpeɪ ʃəns

    to become angry

    I finally lost my patience with him.


  1. patience(Noun)

    The quality of being patient.

  2. patience(Noun)


  3. Patience(ProperNoun)


  4. Origin: pacience, from pacience (modern: patience), from patientia. Displaced native thuld (from þyld), thole (from þol), bilæving (from belæfan).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Patience(noun)

    the state or quality of being patient; the power of suffering with fortitude; uncomplaining endurance of evils or wrongs, as toil, pain, poverty, insult, oppression, calamity, etc

  2. Patience(noun)

    the act or power of calmly or contentedly waiting for something due or hoped for; forbearance

  3. Patience(noun)

    constancy in labor or application; perseverance

  4. Patience(noun)

    sufferance; permission

  5. Patience(noun)

    a kind of dock (Rumex Patientia), less common in America than in Europe; monk's rhubarb

  6. Patience(noun)



  1. Patience

    Patience is the state of endurance under difficult circumstances, which can mean persevering in the face of delay or provocation without acting on annoyance/anger in a negative way; or exhibiting forbearance when under strain, especially when faced with longer-term difficulties. Patience is the level of endurance one can take before negativity. It is also used to refer to the character trait of being steadfast. Antonyms include hastiness and impetuousness.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Patience' in Nouns Frequency: #2699

Translations for Patience

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the ability or willingness to be patient

Patience is a virtue.

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