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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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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10 May 2022

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“Practitioner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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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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