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[mass noun] Permission granted to a ship to have dealings with a port, given after quarantine or on showing a clean bill of health.
- ‘The ships are those which have been boarded by the harbour master and given pratique.’
Early 17th century: from French, literally practice, via Italian from medieval Latin practica, feminine (used as a noun) of practicus practical.
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