prax·​is | \ ˈprak-səs How to pronounce praxis (audio) \
plural praxes\ ˈprak-​ˌsēz How to pronounce praxes (audio) \

Definition of praxis

1 : action, practice: such as
a : exercise or practice of an art, science, or skill
b : customary practice or conduct
2 : practical application of a theory

Examples of praxis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Few writers are as skilled at illustrating the ways in which personal abuses of power are not just the result but the praxis of cultural domination. Justin Torres, New York Times, "2 Novels by ‘Alternative Nobel’ Winner Take On Power and Its Abuses," 5 May 2020 As political praxis, Prubechu is highly effective and charismatic. Soleil Ho,, "Prubechu’s Guamanian cuisine is multifaceted and complicated," 13 Feb. 2020 Unconcerned with the minutiae of policy proposals or manifesto pledges, his work was to articulate a praxis of politics to serve a nation. R.c., The Economist, "How conservatives—on the left and on the right—can defeat the populists," 9 July 2019 But eleventh grade was too late to adopt the praxis of art and create a portfolio adequate to gain admission to some kind of secular-humanist academy. Nell Zink, Harper's magazine, "Marmalade Sky," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of praxis

circa 1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for praxis

Medieval Latin, from Greek, doing, action, from prassein to do, practice — more at practical

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14 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Praxis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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