practitioner

noun
prac·​ti·​tion·​er | \ prak-ˈti-sh(ə-)nər \

Definition of practitioner

1 : one who practices especially : one who practices a profession
2 Christian Science : an authorized healer

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Examples of practitioner in a Sentence

a French doctor who was once the most famous practitioner of natural childbirth

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In this the Adams people were by a good margin the busiest practitioners. Robert W. Merry, WSJ, "‘The Rise of Andrew Jackson’ Review: A President in His Time," 23 Oct. 2018 Still considered a young studio in a field where mid-career practitioners are usually in their 50s, Snarkitecture has become a recognizable brand worldwide, a crowd pleaser, and a go-to collaborator for creative companies. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Play it forward," 18 July 2018 But patients that ill are often cared for, not in hospitals, but in nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities—and those institutions tend not to hire or empower the sharp-eyed infection-prevention practitioners that hospitals do. Maryn Mckenna, WIRED, "The Strange and Curious Case of the Deadly Superbug Yeast," 13 July 2018 If an emergency arises, the practitioner cannot supply the immediate family member for more than 72 hours and the emergency must be documented. Ruth Bruno, courant.com, "Seven New State Laws That Took Effect July 1," 3 July 2018 This is an extremely satisfying procedure for both the patient and the practitioner. Dr. Carlos Wolf, miamiherald, "Woman has 'bat wings' on biceps. How should she get rid of them?," 29 June 2018 For someone like Sylvia Metzler, a retired Philadelphia nurse practitioner who’s 80 and has been protesting various injustices for a half century, time is of the essence. Will Bunch, Philly.com, "Primary Day just another Tuesday for Philly's wackiest, most persistent protest | Will Bunch," 15 May 2018 There’s a new degree of engagement by forensic practitioners, even parts of the law enforcement community, by scholars, and by some judges to take these questions seriously. Angela Chen, The Verge, "The dean of UCLA Law explains the uncertain future of forensic science," 20 Dec. 2018 Rina Jakubowicz is an international bilingual yoga teacher, Reiki practitioner, motivational speaker, and author. SELF, "8 Influencers Making the Wellness World More Inclusive," 7 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of practitioner

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for practitioner

alteration of earlier practician, from Middle English (Scots) pratician, from Middle French practicien, from pratique practice

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practitioner

noun

English Language Learners Definition of practitioner

: a person who works in a professional medical or legal business

: a person who regularly does an activity that requires skill or practice

practitioner

noun
prac·​ti·​tion·​er | \ prak-ˈtish-(ə-)nər \

Medical Definition of practitioner

: one who practices a profession and especially medicine

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