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[prak-tish-uh-ner] /prækˈtɪʃ ə nər/
a person engaged in the practice of a profession, occupation, etc.:
a medical practitioner.
a person who practices something specified.
Christian Science. a person authorized to practice healing.
Origin of practitioner
1535-45; alteration of practician (practic + -ian) + -er1 Unabridged
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  • "I shall keep my eye on that practitioner, all the same," Stephen interposed.

    Mrs. Maxon Protests Anthony Hope
  • Do you seriously think of becoming a practitioner of medicine?

    A Mortal Antipathy Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • The practitioner came to the Grange as fast as his horse could carry him.

    Fenton's Quest M. E. Braddon
  • In special cases it may be modified as expedient in the judgment of the practitioner.

    The Electric Bath George M. Schweig
  • Eli admitted Mr. Jackson, the Christian Science practitioner.

    The Little Mixer Lillian Nicholson Shearon
British Dictionary definitions for practitioner


a person who practises a profession or art
(Christian Science) a person authorized to practise spiritual healing
Word Origin
C16: from practician, from Old French praticien, from pratiquer to practise
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Word Origin and History for practitioner

1540s, a hybrid formed from practitian "practitioner" (c.1500, from French practicien, from Late Latin practicus "fit for action," see practice (v.)) on model of parishioner. Johnson has as a secondary sense "One who uses any sly or dangerous arts."

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practitioner in Medicine

practitioner prac·ti·tion·er (prāk-tĭsh'ə-nər)
One who practices medicine or an allied health profession.

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