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[awr-thuh-prak-see] /ˈɔr θəˌpræk si/
correctness or orthodoxy of action or practice.
Medicine/Medical. orthopraxia.
Origin of orthopraxy
First recorded in 1850-55; ortho- + prax(is) + -y3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Associated words: orthopedy, orthopraxy, orthopedic, orthopedist.

    Putnam's Word Book Louis A. Flemming
  • And what is the good of all your orthodoxy unless the orthodoxy of creed issues in orthopraxy of conduct?

    Expositions of Holy Scripture

    Alexander Maclaren
British Dictionary definitions for orthopraxy


(theol) the belief that right action is as important as religious faith
Word Origin
from Greek orthos correct + praxis deed, action
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Word Origin and History for orthopraxy

1840, from ortho- + Greek praxis "a doing, action, performance" (see praxis).

Errata -- Page 263, line 9 from bottom, for 'orthodoxy' read orthopraxy. This is a new coin from the mint of Dr. [Andrew] Wylie [of Bloomington College, Indiana], at least I have not before noticed it. Its etymology places it in a just contrast with orthodoxy: for if that consecrated word indicates thinking right, orthopraxy will legitimately import doing right, and hence, as Mr. Wylie says, orthopraxy in the last dread day will pass the divine ordeal incomparably better than orthodoxy. O! that a zeal for orthopraxy would transcend the zeal for orthodoxy! ["The Millennial Harbinger," vol. IV, no. VIII, Bethany, Va., August 1840]

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