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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Not only are more consumers seeking out sleep specialists, other doctors also are referring their patients to these in-demand practitioners. Sarah Gantz,, "The high cost of getting a good night's sleep," 6 June 2018 Or maybe those computers are even locking out tax practitioners. Susan Tompor, USA TODAY, "Con artists take their IRS scam to the tax preparers as data theft rises 60%," 1 Apr. 2018 The pot is believed to be inhabited by a spirit who guides the practitioner. Sarah Betancourt, Longreads, "The Religion No One Talks About: My Search For Answers in an Old Caribbean Faith," 30 Mar. 2018 And in contrast to nurse practitioners, the majority of whom work in primary care, most PAs work in medical specialties. Guy Boulton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Marquette University to build $18.5 million facility to expand physician assistant program," 22 Mar. 2018 Inspired by what its founders view as yoga’s benefits to the mind, body, and soul, Yogabed offers practitioners and newbies alike a foam mattress with a cooling layer to help you wake up refreshed. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "7 New Online Mattress Companies That Want To Sweeten Your Dreams," 15 Feb. 2019 Lifts restrictions on medications for opioid addiction, allowing more types of health care practitioners to prescribe the drugs. German Lopez, Vox, "Trump just signed a bipartisan bill to confront the opioid epidemic," 24 Oct. 2018 There's a reiki room, in which practitioners say the therapist channels energy into the patient by touch; private rooms for patients equipped with armchairs and a community room for group therapy sessions. Ginger Christ,, "A 'disservice' to people? U.S. Senate candidate Mike Gibbons' addiction center uses controversial methods," 27 Apr. 2018 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

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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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