(redirected from family practice)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


Repeated or customary action; habitual performance; a succession of acts of similar kind; custom; usage. The exercise of any profession.

The form or mode or proceeding in courts of justice for the enforcement of rights or the redress of wrongs, as distinguished from the Substantive Law that gives the right or denounces the wrong. The form, manner, or order of instituting and conducting an action or other judicial proceeding, through its successive stages to its end, in accordance with the rules and principles laid down by law or by the regulations and precedents of the courts.

An attorney is actually engaged in the Practice of Law when she maintains an office, offers to perform legal services, describes herself as an attorney on letterheads or business cards, counsels clients, negotiates with other parties or opposing counsel, and fixes and collects fees for legal work. A doctor is practicing medicine when he discovers the cause and nature of diseases, treats illnesses and injuries, or prescribes and administers medical or surgical care. Lawyers and doctors must qualify for licenses before they may practice their professions.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


1) n. custom or habit as shown by repeated action, as in "it is the practice in the industry to confirm orders before shipping." 2) the legal business, as in "law practice," or "the practice of the law." 3) v. to repeat an activity in order to maintain or improve skills, as "he practices the violin every evening." 4) v. to conduct a law business, as "she practices law in St. Louis."

Copyright © 1981-2005 by Gerald N. Hill and Kathleen T. Hill. All Right reserved.

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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
References in periodicals archive ?
In family practice, contracted physicians or those assigned to family medicine are paid according to the number of days worked with the exception of annual leave, report and duration of appointment issued by the Ministry for training.
November 21, 2015 DABCI Kick Start (Oklahoma City, OK) Introduction to Chiropractic Family Practice Instructor: Michael Taylor, DC DABCI
Family practice residents spend 6 months in the inpatient care setting.
Thus, family practice residency directors must consider violence to be an important problem before educational opportunities are provided for residents.
We hope that you find value in both and continue to turn to The Journal of Family Practice as your source of practical, clinical information.
Espresso Family Practice was designed to be used in a wide variety of scenarios/contexts by Family Medicine Physicians, namely:
O'Connor went to work in the family practice program at Dewitt Army Community Hospital, where he at last put sports medicine and primary care together.
Of family practice training programs, 73% required residents to undergo training in flexible sigmoidoscopy.
Freed acknowledged the profound implications of this shift for family practice. "Family medicine is rapidly becoming a primary care specialty for adults," he noted.
Dr Catherine Swain is to be moved to the Tipton-based Neptune surgery of the Black Country Family Practice within the next fortnight.
Goyal is board certified in family practice, preventive medicine/public health and geriatrics.

Full browser ?