best practice

noun

Definition of best practice

plural best practices
:a procedure that has been shown by research and experience to produce optimal results and that is established or proposed as a standard suitable for widespread adoption
  • … private instructional management will strengthen the public schools by providing examples of best practice from which the public schools can learn.
  • —Denis P. DoylePhi Delta KappanOctober 1994
  • Prabhakar and his colleagues started by looking at best practices developed by other biometrics researchers.
  • —Joshua J. RomeroIEEE SpectrumMay 2011
  • Countries from Canada to Australia to Singapore implement smart policies and copy best practices from around the world. We bicker and remain paralyzed.
  • —Fareed ZakariaTime15 Aug. 2011
  • There is no doubt that hospitals are powerful and dangerous places, that “best practices” are not always followed …
  • —Dena Rifkin, M.D., The New York Times17 Nov. 2009
  • One of the major trends in U.S. health care is “evidence-based medicine,” which calls for making medical choices by comparing empirical evidence about an individual patient's condition to a larger body of best practices.
  • —Luke MitchellHarper'sFebruary 2009
  • … he proposed limiting corporate tax breaks to those businesses willing to abide by “best practices” when it comes to labor relations.
  • —Jonathan CohnThe New Republic21 Aug. 2000

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First Known Use of best practice

1927


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