from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A Muslim physician.
  • n. A Muslim ruler, provincial governor, or judge.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A doctor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A wise man; a physician, esp. a Mohammedan.
  • n. A Mohammedan title for a ruler; a judge.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A wise or learned man; specifically, a physician.
  • n. In Mohammedan countries, a governor, as of a province.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a Muslim physician
  • n. a Muslim ruler or governor or judge


Arabic ḥakīm, wise, wise man, from ḥakama, to judge, decide; see ḥkm in Semitic roots.
Arabic ḥākim, active participle of ḥakama, to decide, govern; see ḥkm in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Arabic حكيم ("wise, learned"). (Wiktionary)


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  • As a hakim -- a man of medicine -- he could fill a long-felt want; but by the brand on his accouterments he walked an openly avowed robber, and that made him a brother in crime.

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  • "Yet, to enter Khinjan Caves you had to slay a man, hakim or no!"

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  • They began to remember that the hakim might after all be a trickster, and to realize how much too friendly -- how almost intimate he had been with the sahibs at Ali Masjid.

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  • Like the others, he seemed decided in his mind that the hakim ought not to be allowed much chance to escape.

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  • "Shall I leave my brother in the lurch?" the hakim asked them; and though they murmured, they thought better of him for it.

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  • Mere mention of the place made them regard Orakzai Pathan and hakim with new respect, as having right of entry through the forbidden gate.

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  • Some even began to urge the hakim not to wait for the Orakzai Pathan, but to start with what he had.

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  • "If none know where the hakim is, how shall the hakim earn a living?"

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