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practitioner

[prak-tish-uh-ner] /prækˈtɪʃ ə nər/
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
1535-1545
1535-45; alteration of practician (practic + -ian) + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for practitioners

practitioner

/prækˈtɪʃənə/
noun
1.
a person who practises a profession or art
2.
(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 practitioners

practitioner

n.

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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practitioners in Medicine

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

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