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 Marie Grosh, an adult and geriatric nurse practitioner, is the presenter. cleveland, "Olmsted offers an array of mailbox art: Olmsted Dates and Data," 9 Nov. 2020 After graduating from law school, Gunnigle worked as a prosecutor in Elkhart County, Indiana, from 2006 to 2007 before becoming a solo practitioner. Lauren Castle, The Arizona Republic, "Voters to elect woman as Maricopa County attorney for first time," 3 Nov. 2020 Usually Sarah Potter, a tarot reader, professional witch, and colour magic practitioner based in New York City, meets with her coven in person on Samhain. Elizabeth Gulino,, "Real Witches On How They’re Celebrating Halloween," 31 Oct. 2020 Gillian Needham, a mental health practitioner, and her partner, Mike Ryerse, were not savers before the pandemic. Jeanne Sahadi, CNN, "We asked how the pandemic changed your money habits. Here's what you said," 28 Oct. 2020 One of the paper’s early hires was Genevieve Belmaker, then a 27-year-old Falun Gong practitioner with little journalism experience. Kevin Roose, New York Times, "How The Epoch Times Created a Giant Influence Machine," 24 Oct. 2020 Gross is a nurse practitioner for IMA Evaluations of Ohio. cleveland, "What you need to know about Election Day in Ohio: Capitol Letter," 2 Nov. 2020 In 1980, Milroy was selected to participate in a new nurse practitioner program and specialized in maternal child health. Jim Buchta, Star Tribune, "Sally Jean Milroy, 87, was led by compassion, curiosity," 31 Oct. 2020 Heather Hannon, 48, an oncology nurse practitioner who lives in Chesterfield, Virginia, signed two of her children up for a late-stage vaccine trial for H1N1, or swine flu, during that pandemic in 2009. NBC News, "Meet the youngest participants in Covid-19 vaccine trials: Teens and tweens," 28 Oct. 2020

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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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17 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Practitioner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 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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