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Present active participle of patior (suffer, experience, wait).



patiēns m, f, n (genitive patientis); third declension

  1. suffering, enduring
  2. allowing, acquiescing, submitting
  3. patient; long-suffering


Third declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masc./Fem. Neuter Masc./Fem. Neuter
nominative patiēns patientēs patientia
genitive patientis patientium
dative patientī patientibus
accusative patientem patiēns patientēs patientia
ablative patientī patientibus
vocative patiēns patientēs patientia

Derived termsEdit



  • patiens in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • patiens in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “patiens”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • patiens in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français [Illustrated Latin-French Dictionary], Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to be able to bear heat and cold: aestus et frigoris patientem esse
    • to be able to endure hunger and thirst: famis et sitis patientem esse
    • capable of exertion: patiens laboris