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Practice

Prac´tice
n.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.
A heart . . . exercised with covetous practices.
- 2 Pet. ii. 14.
2.Customary or constant use; state of being used.
3.Skill or dexterity acquired by use; expertness.
4.Actual performance; application of knowledge; - opposed to theory.
There are two functions of the soul, - contemplation and practice.
- South.
5.Systematic exercise for instruction or discipline; as, the troops are called out for practice; she neglected practice in music.
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.
7.Skillful or artful management; dexterity in contrivance or the use of means; art; stratagem; artifice; plot; - usually in a bad sense.
He sought to have that by practice which he could not by prayer.
- Sir P. Sidney.
8.(Math.) A easy and concise method of applying the rules of arithmetic to questions which occur in trade and business.
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.
v. t.1.To do or perform frequently, customarily, or habitually; to make a practice of; as, to practice gaming.
[imp. & p. p. Practiced ; p. pr. & vb. n. Practicing .]
2.To exercise, or follow, as a profession, trade, art, etc., as, to practice law or medicine.
2.To exercise one's self in, for instruction or improvement, or to acquire discipline or dexterity; as, to practice gunnery; to practice music.
4.To put into practice; to carry out; to act upon; to commit; to execute; to do.
As this advice ye practice or neglect.
- Pope.
5.To make use of; to employ.
6.To teach or accustom by practice; to train.
v. i.1.To perform certain acts frequently or customarily, either for instruction, profit, or amusement; as, to practice with the broadsword or with the rifle; to practice on the piano.
2.To learn by practice; to form a habit.
They shall practice how to live secure.
- Milton.
Practice first over yourself to reign.
- Waller.
3.To try artifices or stratagems.
He will practice against thee by poison.
- Shak.
4.To apply theoretical science or knowledge, esp. by way of experiment; to exercise or pursue an employment or profession, esp. that of medicine or of law.
[I am] little inclined to practice on others, and as little that others should practice on me.
- Sir W. Temple.
Noun1.practice - a customary way of operation or behavior; "it is their practice to give annual raises"; "they changed their dietary pattern"
Synonyms: pattern
2.practice - systematic training by multiple repetitions; "practice makes perfect"
3.practice - translating an idea into action; "a hard theory to put into practice"; "differences between theory and praxis of communism"
Synonyms: praxis
4.practice - the exercise of a profession; "the practice of the law"; "I took over his practice when he retired"
5.practice - knowledge of how something is usually done; "it is not the local practice to wear shorts to dinner"
Verb1.practice - learn by repetition; "We drilled French verbs every day"; "Pianists practice scales"
Synonyms: drill, practise, exercise
2.practice - avail oneself to; "apply a principle"; "practice a religion"; "use care when going down the stairs"; "use your common sense"; "practice non-violent resistance"
Synonyms: use, apply
3.practice - carry out or practice; as of jobs and professions; "practice law"
Synonyms: exercise, practise, do
4.practice - engage in a rehearsal (of)
Synonyms: practise, rehearse

PRACTICE. The form, manner and order of conducting and carrying on suits or prosecutions in the courts through their various stages, according, to the principles of law, and the rules laid down by the respective courts.
     2. By practice is also meant the business which an attorney or counsellor does; as, A B has a good practice.
     3. The books on practice are very numerous; among the most popular are those Of Tidd, Chitty, Archbold, Sellon, Graham, Dunlap, Caines, Troubat and Haly, Blake, Impey.
     4. A settled, uniform, and loll, continued practice, without objection is evidence of what the law is, and such practice is based on principles which are founded in justice and convenience. Buck, 279; 2 Russ. R. 19, 570; 2 Jac. It. 232; 5 T. R. 380; 1 Y. & J. 167, 168; 2 Crompt. & M. 55; Ram on Judgm. ch. 7.

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