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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."

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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.
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The surver y, e based on responses fromr nearlyr 175 GPs in Wales,a also raises major concerns about recruitment after 25.4% of those whose practicer had adved rtised for a full-time f GP partner in the last year said they he ad receive i dno applicants for the post.
She'd thought about quitting "all the time," feeling that she'd become "a professional practicer."
Singh is a worthy 3-1 favourite without Woods betting but the wear and tear on a 40-year-old body - 27 US outings, plus an appearance in Scotland for the Dunhill Links - must one day catch up with this phenomenal practicer, and now he has finally achieved that No.
For such reasons he may have thought it prudent not to flaunt his own name as a practicer of "usury" in the city.
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A closed door or even a simple sheet of paper taped to the window of the practice room provides some psychological armor, and if the practicer can harness this mind game completely, it can be almost as real an effect as a sound-proof room.
The alms bowl represents the practicer's head or mind: whatever is put in must be eaten and digested completely, after which one cleans the bowl thoroughly.
"I'm not the best practicer in the world - Terry Griffiths will tell you that.
The mental skills needed to be a great practicer are not the same mental skills needed to be a great performer.
In other words, the mental skills needed to be a great practicer are not the same mental skills needed to be a great performer.