Practice Prac"tice, n. [OE. praktike, practique, F. pratique, formerly also, practique, LL. practica, fr. Gr. ?, fr. ? practical. See {Practical}, and cf. {Pratique}, {Pretty}.] 1. Frequently repeated or customary action; habitual performance; a succession of acts of a similar kind; usage; habit; custom; as, the practice of rising early; the practice of making regular entries of accounts; the practice of daily exercise. [1913 Webster]

A heart . . . exercised with covetous practices. --2 Pet. ii. 14. [1913 Webster]

2. Customary or constant use; state of being used. [1913 Webster]

Obsolete words may be revived when they are more sounding or more significant than those in practice. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. Skill or dexterity acquired by use; expertness. [R.] ``His nice fence and his active practice.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. Actual performance; application of knowledge; -- opposed to theory. [1913 Webster]

There are two functions of the soul, -- contemplation and practice. --South. [1913 Webster]

There is a distinction, but no opposition, between theory and practice; each, to a certain extent, supposes the other; theory is dependent on practice; practice must have preceded theory. --Sir W. Hamilton. [1913 Webster]

5. Systematic exercise for instruction or discipline; as, the troops are called out for practice; she neglected practice in music. [1913 Webster]

6. Application of science to the wants of men; the exercise of any profession; professional business; as, the practice of medicine or law; a large or lucrative practice. [1913 Webster]

Practice is exercise of an art, or the application of a science in life, which application is itself an art. --Sir W. Hamilton. [1913 Webster]

7. Skillful or artful management; dexterity in contrivance or the use of means; art; stratagem; artifice; plot; -- usually in a bad sense. [Obs.] --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

He sought to have that by practice which he could not by prayer. --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster]

8. (Math.) A easy and concise method of applying the rules of arithmetic to questions which occur in trade and business. [1913 Webster]

9. (Law) The form, manner, and order of conducting and carrying on suits and prosecutions through their various stages, according to the principles of law and the rules laid down by the courts. --Bouvier. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Custom; usage; habit; manner. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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