Definition of hakim in English:


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Pronunciation: /haˈkiːm


1A physician using traditional remedies in India and Muslim countries.
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  • Of those women who had reproductive health problems and availed treatment, over 7.5 per cent took the advice of private valid hakim healer.
  • The family also consulted their local hakim, who said there was no health problem and he need not undergo any treatment.
  • Though Britishers believed in allopathic treatment, tabibs and hakims earned a respectful place by treating major illness which surprised allopathic doctors.
2(In Muslim countries and formerly in India) a judge, ruler, or governor.
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  • By the same token, the marriages performed by wali hakim appointed by the government were then accepted as lawful.
  • 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.


Arabic: sense 1 from ḥakīm 'wise man, physician'; sense 2 from ḥākim 'ruler'.

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