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  • n. The state or quality of being pat

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Fitness or appropriateness; striking suitableness; convenience.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being pat; fitness; suitableness; convenience.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. timely convenience


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pat +‎ -ness


  • Despite a certain patness in the structure (Helen's father learns to be easier on his son as he is learning to be harder on his daughter; Annie's own damaged heart opens in concert with Helen's ability to interact usefully with the world), it's a lovely play, well-written, well-woven, a little sentimental, but not excessively so.

    The Miracle Worker

  • While I still find Mr. Bennett's here's-what-happened-to-everybody ending to be neat to the point of outright patness, I bought into the rest of the play this time around and cared about its characters.

    The 'Boys' Are Back, but Different

  • Forgive the movie's patness; relish its many richly lived-in moments.

    Not A Season To Be Jolly

  • Nor are you likely to care, since (A) the plot generated by this premise is wince-makingly artificial and (B) Mr. Marshall can't decide whether to make fun of its patness or play it straight.

    Improper Strangers

  • Joanna herself was a little surprised at the movielike patness of it.

    The Silicon Mage

  • Lewis had been very eloquent in explaining how things should be, even if he wasn't working with the whole story, while Mally had an offhand manner about her that gave her reasoning a little too much patness.


  • The eloquent statement you have just made, for instance -- it carries all the patness of old conviction.

    The Pool in the Desert

  • The rush of yelping dogs to the door when aroused by some sound without, and the wailing of sick babies or sleepy children in the laps of mothers seated on the benches, broke the patness of many amusing anecdotes, and the flow of many eloquent periods, from the lips of the man on the platform.

    History of the University of Virginia, 1819-1919

  • Often there seems to be intelligent association of certain acts or conditions with corresponding sentences, these sometimes occurring with singular patness.

    The Minds and Manners of Wild Animals A Book of Personal Observations

  • Alexandria with French patness as a place "ou l'on faisait assidûment des vers sur l'amour sans être amoureux" -- "where they were ever writing love-poems without ever being in love."

    Primitive Love and Love-Stories


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