Definition of praxis in US English:



  • 1Practice, as distinguished from theory.

    ‘the gap between theory and praxis, text and world’
    • ‘Rhetoric is a practical discipline; it has a strong tradition that merges theory and praxis in the concrete conditions of performance, especially as these are realized in democratic societies.’
    • ‘There are no watertight theories of political praxis that are without contradictions and limitations.’
    • ‘For if my argument here engages the question of aesthetic theory and political praxis in the thought of two particular men, it also hopes to consider the nature and power of affective art in general.’
    • ‘He explores, through both theory and praxis, possible methods for moving from the realm of ‘telling’ students to ‘teaching’ students.’
    • ‘There is nothing like it in the rest of the world: a single site that covers theory, praxis and practice in the discipline.’
    1. 1.1 Accepted practice or custom.
      ‘patterns of Christian praxis in church and society’
      • ‘To put flesh on the image of God that is the church in nepantla, I want to point to some signifiers that I observed in the praxis of my own ministry while serving a parish in San Antonio several years ago.’
      custom, practice, habit, tradition, convention, routine, rule, rite, ritual, observance, ordinance, ceremony, ceremonial
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Late 16th century: via medieval Latin from Greek, literally ‘doing’, from prattein ‘do’.