[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
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Examples from the Web for 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
The harbour doctor had not even thought it worth while to mention the change of government when he gave me pratique.
- formal permission given to a vessel to use a foreign port upon satisfying the requirements of local health authorities
C17: from French, from Medieval Latin practica practice
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