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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In the Australian woman’s case, which was first reported by Australian investigative show Four Corners, her fillers were reportedly administered by a nurse practitioner at a salon. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "An Australian Woman's Botched Facial Fillers May Have Caused Blindness in One Eye," 24 Aug. 2018 Grant Morrison, the enigmatic writer behind The Invisibles and All-Star Superman (who is also an actual chaos magick practitioner), has signed a deal with Magic Leap to create experiences for the company’s virtual reality headset. Laura Hudson, The Verge, "All the news you might have missed from San Diego Comic-Con 2018," 23 July 2018 One nurse practitioner at a CPS clinic in Cleveland, Tenn., generated $1.1 million in urine-test billing that year, according to Medicare records analyzed by KHN. Fred Schulte, Washington Post, "Tennessee-Based Pain Management Group To Close Clinics Amid Financial Turmoil," 9 July 2018 Ursula Wagner, a senior mental health clinical practitioner at Heartland, said staffers knock on the door every few minutes and keep naloxone close at hand. John Keilman,, "Public bathrooms become clandestine epicenter of opioid crisis," 17 May 2018 One of its earliest practitioners was Emile Durkheim, who in 1897 published his famous statistical analysis of the causes of suicide in France. Jackson Toby, WSJ, "Left-Wing Politics and the Decline of Sociology," 25 Jan. 2019 The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) recommends an annual appointment with your primary care practitioner (PCP). Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Exactly How Often You Really Need to See Different Kinds of Doctors," 17 Jan. 2019 Its practitioners believe that an L is essentially the same as an M, or a C, or a Z. To topologists, objects that can be gently bent, twisted and stretched into each other are, in a sense, fundamentally identical. Devin Powell, Discover Magazine, "Shape Shifters," 28 Sep. 2018 The practice is known as rule by law, a perversion of what its practitioners like to claim is the rule of law. Fox News, "Hun Sen plays hardball to keep his grip on Cambodia," 31 July 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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