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

    Putnam's Word Book Louis A. Flemming
  • They are interdependent, and rule the ancient order of gnosis and praxis.

    Mountain Meditations L. Lind-af-Hageby
  • Without a grounding in praxis, the content and activity of nursing science becomes amoral and meaningless.

    Nursing as Caring Anne Boykin
  • praxis, praks′is, n. practice: an example or a collection of examples for exercise: a specimen.

  • Another difficult word which constantly recurs in the Poetics is prattein or praxis, generally translated 'to act' or 'action'.

    The Poetics Aristotle
  • Progress in writing resulted in better histories, but moreover in new avenues for future praxis.

  • Ideas are symptomatic of human self-constitution, and thus of the languages people have developed in their praxis.

  • Conditions of human life and praxis require, instead of a skill and perspective for the whole of life, a series.

  • Self-constitution in mediating and mediated practical experiences is different from self-constitution in direct forms of praxis.

British Dictionary definitions for praxis


noun (pl) praxises, praxes (ˈpræksiːz)
the practice and practical side of a profession or field of study, as opposed to the theory
a practical exercise
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 praxis

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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