[pra-teek, prat-ik; French pra-teek]


license or permission to use a port, given to a ship after quarantine or on showing a clean bill of health.

Origin of pratique

1600–10; < French: practice < Medieval Latin practica. See practice Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for pratique

pink, navicert

Examples from the Web for pratique

Historical Examples of pratique

  • He seemed satisfied, and gave us pratique without any demur.

  • Hand over your bill of health, that I may see whether you can have pratique.'

  • It is unnecessary to dwell on the forms of the pratique officers.

    The Wing-and-Wing

    J. Fenimore Cooper

  • They couldn't get clearance—they couldn't even get pratique!

    Never-Fail Blake

    Arthur Stringer

  • The harbour doctor had not even thought it worth while to mention the change of government when he gave me pratique.

British Dictionary definitions for pratique



formal permission given to a vessel to use a foreign port upon satisfying the requirements of local health authorities

Word Origin for pratique

C17: from French, from Medieval Latin practica practice
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