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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Today, Matthew Mason is studying for his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and hopes to pursue a career as a nurse practitioner. NBC News, "Organizer's gay son opposes 'Straight Pride' event," 6 Aug. 2019 Marie’s step-daughter, Gina Premier, who works as a nurse practitioner at the hospital, told Fox 8. Samantha Lauriello,, "This Woman Had to Have Her Arms and Legs Amputated Due to an Infection From Her Dog’s Saliva," 1 Aug. 2019 Julia, who was then working part time as a nurse practitioner, called in sick for two more days. Melia Russell,, "Miscarriage leave, a benefit no one wants to use, on the rise," 12 July 2019 In addition, all children under age 17 receive a medical assessment, which includes a physical exam, from a physician assistant, nurse practitioner or physician. Elizabeth Cohen, CNN, "Homeland Security doctor says he's giving migrant children the care he'd want for his own kids," 3 July 2019 As a practitioner of this trend, this reporter uses her personal (human) Instagram account to post weekly Pupdates feature the family French bulldog, Posey. Madeline Purdue, USA TODAY, "Pupdate: Dog-centered social media accounts are taking the internet by storm," 10 June 2019 My life revolves around my work as a therapeutic massage practitioner. Fox News, "Bill Cosby accuser Andrea Constand's full victim impact statement to the court about her experience," 26 Sep. 2018 My life revolves around my work as a therapeutic massage practitioner. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Read Andrea Constand's Powerful Impact Statement About Bill Cosby," 25 Sep. 2018 But, Gelles said, Fels has suffered from not having full-time faculty appointments, relying on public practitioners or professors from other departments. Susan Snyder,, "Ivy League identity crisis: What does Penn's Fels Institute want to be?," 15 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 How to pronounce practitioner (audio) \

Medical Definition of practitioner

: one who practices a profession and especially medicine

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authorized for issue (as a bond)

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