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Jan 8, 2013
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Miscellaneous words

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cogent
praxis
conterminous
aurorean
cenobite

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praxis

PRONUNCIATION:
(PRAK-sis)

MEANING:
noun:
1. Practice, as opposed to the theory.
2. Accepted practice or custom.
3. A set of practice exercises.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin praxis, from Greek praxis, from prassein/prattein (to do). Earliest documented use: before 1586.

USAGE:
"His head hung lower than was its praxis."
Mark Christopher; Monkeys Can't Swim; AuthorHouse; 2009.

"The contradiction between the declared intent and actual praxis causes a clash."
Chikwenye Okonjo Ogunyemi; Africa Wo/Man Palava: The Nigerian Novel by Women; The University of Chicago Press; 1996.

See more usage examples of praxis in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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