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 order to be categorized as qualified long-term-care services, the services must meet the IRS definition of necessary and provided pursuant to a plan of care prescribed by a licensed health care practitioner., "Stocks could still be smart investment after age 70, if handled carefully," 21 June 2018 At least two dozen nurses and union organizers picketed outside a Walgreens in the Loop Tuesday afternoon to protest Advocate Medical Group’s firing of a nurse practitioner who worked in the Advocate clinic at an Oak Lawn Walgreens. Zak Koeske, Daily Southtown, "Demonstrators demand reinstatement of Oak Lawn nurse dismissed by Advocate," 19 June 2018 Eating dry, salty foods like crackers and having small meals throughout the day can help as well, Janette Chirino, a nurse practitioner at the Moffitt Cancer Center, tells SELF. Korin Miller, SELF, "11 Common Chemotherapy Side Effects, Plus How to Ease Them," 18 June 2018 One of them, Michael Bradley, a solo practitioner who works in Quincy, was listed as earning $500 an hour. Andrea Estes,, "Lawyers ask federal judge to step down from landmark overbilling case," 16 June 2018 Duane Brown was a computer scientist and Crystal a nurse practitioner. Adam Zuvanich, San Antonio Express-News, "Mind game: Intelligence helps Brown excel," 15 May 2018 The winner of the June Democratic primary will then face one of the Republican candidates, which include Lisa Lloyd, a nurse practitioner. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "Democratic House hopeful decries 'mansplaining' in Congress in new ad," 14 May 2018 During these sessions, a practitioner places a live bee on the patient and squeezes the insect's head until the needle emerges to insert into the body. Cydney Henderson, azcentral, "Journal: Woman dies after 'bee acupuncture' treatment," 20 Mar. 2018 To him, the calm Momo—who sits quietly while others bicker over trivialities or rush through their work robotically—is the embodiment of a mature Buddhist practitioner. Giulia Pines, The Atlantic, "Why a Classic German Children's Tale Is Ripe for Revisiting," 12 Mar. 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 \

Medical Definition of practitioner 

: one who practices a profession and especially medicine

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