16 Dec 2006, 5:14 a.m. - jzb

Had to look this one up. From Wikipedia: Pratique is the license given to a ship to enter port on assurance from the captain to convince the authorities that she is free from contagious disease.

15 Dec 2016, 10:50 a.m. - Bill

PRATIQUE, PRATTICK [among Merchants] a Licence to Traffick or Trade, granted to the Masters of Ships in the Ports of Italy. ---An universal etymological English dictionary. N. Bailey, 1724. PRATTIQUE, A licence for the master of a ship to traffick in the ports of Italy upon a certificate that the place, from whence he came, is not annoyed with any infectious disease. ---A Dictionary Of The English Language. Samuel Johnson, 1756.

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