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

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They could be seen in photographs holding up signs with Bible verses on them — the LGBT community still faces backlash from various religions, as official hierarchies, clergy and practitioners condemn homosexuality as a sin. David Anderson,, "Inaugural Upper Chesapeake Bay Pride festival in Havre de Grace draws an estimated 5,000 people to the city," 25 June 2019 Services include a directory of licensed mental health practitioners in every NBA city as well as Las Vegas. Greg Levinsky, Detroit Free Press, "How the NBA is taking strides in promoting mental health awareness," 24 June 2019 The artists involved don’t necessarily like hearing about this from non-practitioners. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, "Can Modern Dance Be Preserved?," 24 June 2019 MONDAY Litigation and gun violence: Civil justice practitioners and scholars discuss gun violence litigation, recent research and strategies for reducing the toll., "Bay Area political events: Stonewall anniversary, Murrow vs. McCarthy," 21 June 2019 Any health practitioner can conscientiously object to taking part in the euthanasia process. Washington Post, "Voluntary euthanasia becomes legal in Australian state," 20 June 2019 As the movement gained a name, postmodernism, Mr. Tigerman became one of its leading exponents and practitioners. Fred A. Bernstein, New York Times, "Stanley Tigerman, Architect of Puckish Postmodernism, Dies at 88," 4 June 2019 The committee’s purpose was to examine the practice of animal magnetism in general, not the methods of an individual practitioner. National Geographic, "Was this hypnotic health craze an elaborate hoax or a medical breakthrough?," 5 Mar. 2019 Administration officials spoke about the program with business groups and tax practitioners throughout the year. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "Few N.Y. Businesses Sign Up for State Program to Bypass Trump Tax Limits," 2 Dec. 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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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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