Pronunciation: (pā'shuns),[key] —n. 1. the quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like.
2. an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay: to have patience with a slow learner. 3. quiet, steady perseverance; even-tempered care; diligence: to work with patience. 4. Cards. Chiefly Brit.solitaire (def. 1).
5. Also called pa'tience dock". a European dock, Rumex patientia, of the buckwheat family, whose leaves are often used as a vegetable.
6. Obs.leave; permission; sufference.
Pronunciation: (pā'shuns),[key] —n. a female given name.