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 Another human on the call, Jerry L. Phillips, also managed to gaze at the furry legal practitioner unfazed. Sarah Midkiff,, "“I Am Not A Cat” Said A Lawyer, Who Was Definitely A Cat," 10 Feb. 2021 Many members of Burt's community also lack a medical home – a primary-care practitioner – and instead visit the emergency room for treatment, a hallmark of disparities in health-care access. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, "Amid access hurdles, grassroots efforts underway to get COVID-19 vaccine to at-risk people of color," 18 Jan. 2021 Solo practitioner David Groesbeck, of Spokane, has previously represented local businesses in licensing, real estate and property disputes. Anchorage Daily News, "Amazon urges court to let it keep conservative app Parler offline," 13 Jan. 2021 Due to the pandemic, Jeneda, a traditional medicine practitioner, has had to stop seeing patients. Natalie Chinn, CNN, "The Navajo Nation faces a battle to protect its elders and traditions as Covid-19 deaths spike," 2 Jan. 2021 Nurse practitioner Nora Gough-Davis owns Shaw Family Medical, a clinic that offers home coronavirus testing for patients without the means to come into town. NBC News, "As Covid surges in Mississippi Delta, food banks and hospitals are stretched thin," 31 Dec. 2020 The classes are perfect for any level practitioner, and they’re all designed for at-home use. Popular Science, "Enjoy an extra 20 percent off on bestselling fitness apps and online courses," 31 Dec. 2020 Ideally, the messenger is someone with deep expertise: a doctor, a scientist, or a public health practitioner. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | COLUMNISTS: How to overcome vaccine skepticism," 29 Nov. 2020 The previous week, a patient had tested positive for COVID-19, and on Tuesday the 45-year-old nurse practitioner scheduled a test for herself. Staff And Wire Reports, oregonlive, "Portraits of 20 Oregonians who died in the 2020 coronavirus pandemic," 24 Dec. 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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The first known use of practitioner was in 1535

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27 Feb 2021

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“Practitioner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 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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