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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.
a person who practises a profession or art
(Christian Science) a person authorized to practise spiritual healing

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.”

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


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