practitioner

practitioner

[prak-tish-uh-ner]
noun
1.
a person engaged in the practice of a profession, occupation, etc.: a medical practitioner.
2.
a person who practices something specified.
3.
Christian Science. a person authorized to practice healing.

Origin:
1535–45; alteration of practician (practic + -ian) + -er1

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practitioner (prækˈtɪʃənə)
 
n
1.  a person who practises a profession or art
2.  Christian Science a person authorized to practise spiritual healing
 
[C16: from practician, from Old French praticien, from pratiquer to practise]

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practitioner
1544, a hybrid formed from practitian (c.1500, from Fr. practicien, from L.L. practicus "fit for action," see practice) on model of parishioner.
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practitioner prac·ti·tion·er (prāk-tĭsh'ə-nər)
n.
One who practices medicine or an allied health profession.

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