[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. practiced,
  2. practicing,
  3. practicum,
  4. practise,
  5. practised,
  6. prad,
  7. prader-willi syndrome,
  8. pradesh,
  9. prado,
  10. prado, museo del

Origin of practitioner

1535–45; alteration of practician (practic + -ian) + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for practitioner


/ (prækˈtɪʃənə) /


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

Word Origin for practitioner

C16: from practician, from Old French praticien, from pratiquer to practise

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Word Origin and History for practitioner



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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for practitioner


[ prăk-tĭshə-nər ]


One who practices medicine or an allied health profession.

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