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 Patients can stay there for days and receive medications in a center staffed with nurses, physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. oregonlive, "Central City Concern closes Portland sobering station, ends associated van service," 3 Jan. 2020 The full-time family practice hosts professional practitioners and dentists offering lab tests, nutrition counseling, medical care for women’s health, diabetes treatment and a Class D pharmacy. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, "Northwest Houston nonprofits welcome year-round help," 2 Jan. 2020 Who’s running: Jennifer Gross, a nurse practitioner and retired Air Force lieutenant colonel from West Chester Township; and Mark Welch, a West Chester Township trustee who co-owns a hair salon. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, "Top 10 Ohio legislative primaries to watch in 2020: Capitol Letter," 27 Dec. 2019 Among the squad of protagonists are a CIA dark agent, a former Delta Force sniper, a battle-ready doctor, a hitman, a parkour practitioner and a particularly excellent driver. Benjamin Vanhoose,, "6 Underground Fans Demand Netflix for Sequel to Ryan Reynolds Action Movie: 'Insanely Awesome!'," 18 Dec. 2019 The hospital is also planning to hire a cardiac nurse practitioner and cardiologist. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Trust issues plague the relationship between Ascension St. Joe's and the community it serves," 16 Dec. 2019 Anderson's friends and family believe the health care company intends to staff the clinic with nurse practitioners and not doctors. Tony Holt, Arkansas Online, "Beloved Arkansas doctor out after contract rift; patients rally for Lonoke physician," 7 Dec. 2019 Patients and their insurance firms pay for advice and procedures provided by practitioners and hospitals. The Economist, "Tackling America’s giant hospital bill," 23 Nov. 2019 This includes the development and presentation of ongoing professional training opportunities for practitioners and educational programs for association members and the public., "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 22 Nov. 2019

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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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22 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Practitioner.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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