- 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."Strengthened with all might, . . . unto all patience and long-suffering." [Col. i. 11.]"I must have patience to endure the load." [Shak.]"Who hath learned lowliness From his Lord's cradle, patience from his cross." [Keble.]
- The act or power of calmly or contentedly waiting for something due or hoped for; forbearance."Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all." [Matt. xviii. 29.]
- Constancy in labor or application; perseverance."He learned with patience, and with meekness taught." [Harte.]
- Sufferance; permission.(Obs)"They stay upon your patience." [Shak.]
- [Bot] A kind of dock (Rumex Patientia), less common in America than in Europe; monk's rhubarb.
- [Card Playing] Solitaire.synonyms: Patience Resignation.
Usage: Patience implies the quietness or self-possession of one's own spirit under sufferings, provocations, etc.; resignation implies submission to the will of another. The Stoic may have patience; the Christian should have both patience and resignation.
Etymology: F. patience, fr. L. patientia. See Patient