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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Thomas Goldstein, a veteran Supreme Court practitioner and publisher of SCOTUSblog, said it was long assumed that justices had abandoned Korematsu. Jacob Gershman, WSJ, "Court Upholds Travel Ban, but Slams Infamous Case on Japanese Internment Camps," 26 June 2018 Self-immolations of Tibetan Buddhist monks continue, according to the report, which also notes US concerns for Falun Gong practitioners and the Muslim Uighur community. Laura Koran, CNN, "Pompeo vows US will 'not stand by as spectators' on abuses of religious freedom," 29 May 2018 The certificate program is tailored to people such as nurses, psychotherapists, yoga practitioners and spiritual leaders. Rebecca Hazen, Houston Chronicle, "The Jung Center opens The Mind, Body, Spirit Institute," 8 May 2018 Federal response has been frustrating, according to practitioners and public officials. Nick Leiber, ajc, "How criminals steal $37 billion a year from America's elderly," 5 May 2018 The man nods, rises and follows Carpenter to the conference room, where a second nurse practitioner and a team of Michigan State University medical students wait with needles. Melinda Wenner Moyer, Scientific American, "A Wave of Resurgent Epidemics Has Hit the U.S.," 17 Apr. 2018 Fraudulent emails are sent to CPAs, tax practitioners and others most often under the guise of real taxpayers looking for tax help. Susan Tompor, USA TODAY, "Con artists take their IRS scam to the tax preparers as data theft rises 60%," 1 Apr. 2018 Dubus published his first book of stories (a novella, among them) in 1975 and quickly built a reputation as one of America’s best practitioners of short fiction., "A writer’s writer and the inevitability of bad times," 6 July 2018 McCullough is perhaps the most distinguished practitioner of public history. Stephan Salisbury,, "New David McCullough history prize aims to remind America it all started here at Carpenters' Hall," 20 June 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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