Pronunciation: (pā'shunt),[key] —n. 1. a person who is under medical care or treatment.
2. a person or thing that undergoes some action.
3. Archaic. a sufferer or victim.
—adj. 1. bearing provocation, annoyance, misfortune, delay, hardship, pain, etc., with fortitude and calm and without complaint, anger, or the like.
2. characterized by or expressing such a quality: a patient smile. 3. quietly and steadily persevering or diligent, esp. in detail or exactness: a patient worker. 4. undergoing the action of another (opposed to agent).
5. patient of, a. having or showing the capacity for endurance: a man patient of distractions. b. susceptible of: This statement is patient of criticism.