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
Recent Examples on the Web And more importantly, allows the practitioner to skirt a potentially awkward conversation by reeling in a patient's unrealistic goals in a thoughtful, empathetic manner. Kaitlin Clark, Allure, "12 Questions to Ask Your Dermatologist When Considering Fillers," 14 Apr. 2021 And at Froedtert Garage 1, where the nurse practitioner’s body was later found frozen to the ground, the lowest level measured by the consultant in March was 4 foot-candles compared to 1 foot-candle in 2019. Raquel Rutledge, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After Journal Sentinel investigation, lighting improves at area hospital parking garages," 6 Apr. 2021 Misty Glass, the school's counselor, and Amber Parker, its mental health practitioner, watched in the hall outside. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, "'This is game day': JCPS reopens classrooms to students for the first time in a year," 17 Mar. 2021 The registration could be subject to a fee that does not exceed the fee cost for an in-state practitioner. Tyler Arnold, Washington Examiner, "Justice signs bill to expand telemedicine in West Virginia," 13 Apr. 2021 To file in state court, plaintiffs had to allege they were damaged in an amount greater than $250,000, consult with a mental health practitioner and retain counsel. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, "Breaking down University of Southern California's $1.1 billion in sex abuse settlements," 27 Mar. 2021 The staff include social workers, a nurse practitioner, an occupational therapist, and a substance-abuse counselor. Joe Mathews, San Francisco Chronicle, "A path to abate homelessness," 4 Mar. 2021 Lane, a family nurse practitioner, and her husband, Jason, owned a second home in Detroit. Jake Thomas, oregonlive, "Residents recount terrifying descent of wildfire into Santiam Canyon: ‘It was like hot lava'," 18 Sep. 2020 The Republican governor made the statement as the state legislature is considering a bill to legalize the use of cannabis if recommended by a health care practitioner. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "Nebraska Gov. Ricketts warns: 'If you legalize marijuana, you're going to kill your kids'," 13 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of practitioner was in 1535

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28 Apr 2021

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“Practitioner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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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