Patients or Patience?
Patients or Patience?What is the difference between "patients" and "patience"?
- Patients. Patients are people receiving or registered to receive medical treatment.
- Patience. Patience is the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious.
More about "Patients" and "Patience"The words "patients" and "patience" sound identical (i.e., they are homonyms), but their meanings are quite different.
PatientsThe word "patients" is the plural of the singular "patient," which is a noun that means a person receiving or schedule to receive medical treatment.
Example sentences with "patients":
- We should be concerned not only about the health of individual patients, but also the health of our entire society.
- Patients know in a heartbeat if they're getting a clumsy exam.
PatienceThe abstract noun "patience" means the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious. If someone demonstrates or has "patience," they are described as being "patient." In this sense, "patient" is an adjective so it is never written as "patients."
Example sentences with "patience":
- Patience is not simply the ability to wait - it's how we behave while we're waiting.
- Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.
"Patients" Is Always a NounAs a noun, a "patient" receives medical treatment. As an adjective, "patient" means tolerant. In other words, it is the adjective of the noun "patience." This is the root of the confusion between the words "patients" and "patience."
If you see the word "patients," it always means more than one person receiving treatment. "Patients" has nothing to do with "patience."