Gender Feminine
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. PAY-shəns
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Meaning & History

From the English word patience, ultimately from Latin patientia, a derivative of pati "to suffer". This was one of the virtue names coined by the Puritans in the 17th century. It is now most commonly used in African countries where English is widely understood, such as Nigeria and Ghana.

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Entry updated April 5, 2022