prac·​ti·​tion·​er | \ prak-ˈti-sh(ə-)nər How to pronounce practitioner (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web As a sole practitioner, Dr. Butler worked long hours, often getting home well past midnight. Steven Kurutz, New York Times, "Dr. Julie Butler, Vet Who Cared for Harlem and Its Pets, Dies at 62," 12 May 2020 Beth Weishaupt Beth Weishaupt is an acute nurse practitioner at University of Cincinnati Medical Center., "Heroes among us: Cincinnati essential workers who are battling on the frontlines," 6 May 2020 How Rayford brought his blues to Maricopa Rayford had a ranch in northern San Diego County for a long time and moved to LA when Pamelatook a position as a nurse practitioner at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in 2006. Ed Masley, azcentral, "It should've been Sugaray Rayford's best year yet. Then coronavirus changed everything," 4 May 2020 Send a follow up email confirming any agreements to create a paper trail and make sure everyone is on the same page, recommended Amy Cooper Hakim, an industrial-organizational psychology practitioner and workplace expert. Kathryn Vasel, CNN, "How to handle a micromanaging boss when WFH," 4 May 2020 Nancy has worked as an aesthetic nurse practitioner for over 20 years, formed her own practice, NP Aesthetics, Inc., and co-founded a skincare brand, The Route. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, "Expert Advice on Keeping Your Skin Happy and Healthy While Working From Home," 27 Apr. 2020 Those sentiments were echoed by Marcia Sanders, a massage therapist who runs two therapeutic sites as a solo practitioner, one in Marietta, the other in nearby Hiram. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Georgia barber shop owner: "We need to start making income, ASAP"," 23 Apr. 2020 After 23 years as a nurse practitioner, clinical coordinator and now chief executive, Settle has been witness to enough economic trauma in the Kanawha Valley to fear what is coming. Amy Goldstein, Anchorage Daily News, "As jobs dry up in US, so does health insurance," 19 Apr. 2020 Alexandra Breckenridge), a young woman starting over as a nurse practitioner in a remote corner of Northern California. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Watch the trailer for new Netflix small-town romance series Virgin River," 22 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of practitioner was in 1535

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27 May 2020

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“Practitioner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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


prac·​ti·​tion·​er | \ prak-ˈtish-(ə-)nər How to pronounce practitioner (audio) \

Medical Definition of practitioner

: one who practices a profession and especially medicine

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