Definition of hakim in English:



  • 1A physician using traditional remedies in India and Muslim countries.

    • ‘The family also consulted their local hakim, who said there was no health problem and he need not undergo any treatment.’
    • ‘A special clay animation film on Shintoo, one of the characters in the novel who contacts a hakim in Delhi's Chandni Chowk area to increase his sexual prowess, makes for very hilarious viewing.’
    • ‘Though Britishers believed in allopathic treatment, tabibs and hakims earned a respectful place by treating major illness which surprised allopathic doctors.’
    • ‘Registered practitioners of the Indian systems of medicine, called vaidyas, hakims, and sidhas, and teaching institutions have been exempted from the regulations.’
    • ‘Of those women who had reproductive health problems and availed treatment, over 7.5 per cent took the advice of private valid hakim healer.’
  • 2(in Muslim countries and formerly in India) a judge, ruler, or governor.

    • ‘However, a hukm can only be issued by the hakim and it is to be observed by other jursiprudents and their followers, and even supersedes their own fatwas.’
    • ‘By the same token, the marriages performed by wali hakim appointed by the government were then accepted as lawful.’


Arabic: hakim (sense 1) from ḥakīm ‘wise man, physician’; hakim (sense 2) from ḥākim ‘ruler’.