from The Century Dictionary.

  • Skilled through practice; expert; proficient; experienced.
  • Synonyms Experienced, versed, accomplished, proficient.

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  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of practise.

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  • adjective skillful after much practice


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  • Even cleaning, rightly understood and practised, is a useful, and therefore honorable, profession.

    Women and Economics: A Study of the Economic Relation Between Men and Women as a Factor in Social Evolution 1898

  • He asked a thousand questions could scarcely be persuaded but some sinister design was again practised against her, and it was with much difficulty he at length grew more reconciled and satisfied with the account he received.

    The Castle of Wolfenbach Eliza 1793

  • But the subjects of the Merovingian kings might alienate their personal freedom; and this act of legal suicide, which was familiarly practised, is expressed in terms most disgraceful and afflicting to the dignity of human nature.

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire 1206

  • I have no bias, religious or otherwise, in favour of the conventual life, which, as hitherto practised, is no doubt open to objection on many grounds; but it seems to me that any institution or system which admits or implies a reason for woman's existence other than sexual intercourse and the reproduction of her kind must tend inevitably to raise the position not only of the celibate woman, but, indirectly, of the wife and mother.

    Marriage as a Trade 1909

  • He has been at hard-heads with the rogues and come off with advantage; in short, practised with success the art of drawing two souls out of one weaver. [

    The Journal of Sir Walter Scott From the Original Manuscript at Abbotsford Walter Scott 1801

  • I would love to add "the ability to abstain from long term practised masturbation.

    Army Rumour Service 2009

  • I would love to add "the ability to abstain from long term practised masturbation.

    Army Rumour Service 2009

  • Instances are the case of a young and inexperienced woman who has reluctantly submitted to the operation at the hands of a person who is known as a practised abortionist, or where the operation has been done by violence and against the will of the subject.

    Report of the Committee of Inquiry into the Various Aspects of the Problem of Abortion in New Zealand New Zealand. Committee of Inquiry into various aspects of the Problem of Abortion in New Zealand 1927

  • Therefore, I repeat, not only a good way, but the best of all ways, is to endeavour to enter first by the room where humility is practised, which is far better than at once rushing on to the others.

    The Interior Castle or The Mansions 1921

  • 'For,' said he, 'I'm not what you would call a practised hand wi' a velocipede, and my feet are dinnled wi 'standin' in the snaw. '

    Mr. Standfast John Buchan 1907


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