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praxis

[prak-sis] /ˈpræk sɪs/
noun, plural praxises, praxes
[prak-seez] /ˈpræk siz/ (Show IPA)
1.
practice, as distinguished from theory; application or use, as of knowledge or skills.
2.
convention, habit, or custom.
3.
a set of examples for practice.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; < Medieval Latin < Greek prâxis deed, act, action, equivalent to prāk-, base of prā́ssein to do, fare + -sis -sis
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praxis

/ˈpræksɪs/
noun (pl) praxises, praxes (ˈpræksiːz)
1.
the practice and practical side of a profession or field of study, as opposed to the theory
2.
a practical exercise
3.
accepted practice or custom
Word Origin
C16: via Medieval Latin from Greek: deed, action, from prassein to do
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Word Origin and History for praxes

praxis

n.

1580s, from Medieval Latin praxis "practice, exercise, action" (mid-13c., opposite of theory), from Greek praxis "practice, action, doing," from stem of prassein, prattein "to do, to act" (see practical).

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