patient

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French patient, from Old French pacient, from Latin patiens, present participle of pati ‎(to suffer, endure); akin to Greek πάσχειν ‎(páskhein, to suffer); see pathos, from Proto-Indo-European *pē(i)- "to hurt" [Pokorny pē(i)- 792].

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patient ‎(comparative patienter or more patient, superlative patientest or most patient)

  1. Content to wait if necessary; not losing one's temper while waiting.
    Be patient: your friends will arrive in a few hours.
  2. Constant in pursuit or exertion; persevering; calmly diligent.
    patient endeavour
    • Sir Isaac Newton
      Whatever I have done is due to patient thought.
  3. (obsolete) Physically able to suffer or bear.
    • 1661, John Fell, Doctor Henry Hammond, 1810, Christopher Wordsworth (editor), Ecclesiastical Biography, Volume 5, page 380,
      To this outward structure was joined that strength of constitution, patient of severest toil and hardship; insomuch that for the most part of his life, in the fiercest extremity of cold, he took no other advantage of a fire, than at the greatest distance that he could, to look upon it.

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patient ‎(plural patients)

  1. A person or animal who receives treatment from a doctor or other medically educated person.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 23, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      The slightest effort made the patient cough. He would stand leaning on a stick and holding a hand to his side, and when the paroxysm had passed it left him shaking.
    • 2013 June 1, “A better waterworks”[1], The Economist, volume 407, number 8838, page 5 (Technology Quarterly):
      An artificial kidney these days still means a refrigerator-sized dialysis machine. Such devices mimic [] real kidneys [] . But they are nothing like as efficient, and can cause bleeding, clotting and infection—not to mention inconvenience for patients, who typically need to be hooked up to one three times a week for hours at a time.
  2. (linguistics, grammar) The noun or noun phrase that is semantically on the receiving end of a verb's action.
    The subject of a passive verb is usually a patient.
    • 1982, Paul J. Hopper, Tense-aspect: Between Semantics & Pragmatics, ISBN 9027228655:
      The number of a first or second person participant is generally marked for both agent and patient in all aspects.
    • 2004, Paul Kroeger, Analyzing Syntax: A Lexical-Functional Approach, ISBN 0521016541, page 292:
      Since we have argued that the absolutive argument in Dyirbal is the grammatical subject of its clause, we must conclude that in the antipassive construction the agent replaces the patient as grammatical subject.
  3. One who, or that which, is passively affected; a passive recipient.
    • c. 1658, Dr. Henry More, Government of the Tongue
      Malice is a passion so impetuous and precipitate, that it often involves the agent and the patient.
    • 1988, Sarah Waterlow & ‎Sarah Broadie, Nature, Change, and Agency in Aristotle's Physics, ISBN 0198244827, page 159:
      For it seems clear that the subject of change is the changed, i.e. the patient -- on one proviso. the proviso is that there be an agent or changer.
    • 1994, Larry Cochran & ‎Joan Laub, Becoming an Agent: Patterns and Dynamics for Shaping Your Life, ISBN 0791417190:
      How does a person change from a patient to an agent in shaping and living a course of life?
    • 1999, Lloyd P. Gerson, Aristotle: Logic and metaphysics, ISBN 0415148855, page 127:
      According to the tradition, when an agent acts on a patient, the change is located in the patient. If the patient reacts on the agent, then the agent is a patient in the new relation.
    • 2010, Mohua Banerjee & ‎Anil Seth, Logic and Its Applications: Fourth Indian Conference, ICLA 2011, ISBN 3642180256, page 7:
      The starting point is that all events involve an agent and a patient. Agents and patients are modelled as (material or non-material) objects, and can therefore be represented as points in conceptual spaces.

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  • (linguistics, grammar): agent

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Danish[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin patiens ‎(suffering), the present active participle of patī ‎(to suffer).

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  • IPA(key): /pasjɛnt/, [pʰaˈɕɛnˀd̥]

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patient c (singular definite patienten, plural indefinite patienter)

  1. patient (person or animal who receives treatment from a doctor or other medically educated person)

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patient m ‎(feminine singular patiente, masculine plural patients, feminine plural patientes)

  1. patient

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patient m ‎(plural patients, feminine patiente)

  1. a patient, an outpatient

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patient m ‎(oblique plural patienz or patientz, nominative singular patienz or patientz, nominative plural patient)

  1. (medicine) patient

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patient c

  1. a patient

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Inflection of patient 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative patient patienten patienter patienterna
Genitive patients patientens patienters patienternas

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