- Logic, Philosophy. the branch of semiotics dealing with the causal and other relations between words, expressions, or symbols and their users.
- Linguistics. the analysis of language in terms of the situational context within which utterances are made, including the knowledge and beliefs of the speaker and the relation between speaker and listener.
- practical considerations.
Origin of pragmatics
- of or relating to a practical point of view or practical considerations.
- Philosophy. of or relating to pragmatism(def 2).
- of or relating to pragmatics(def 1, 2).
- treating historical phenomena with special reference to their causes, antecedent conditions, and results.
- of or relating to the affairs of state or community.
- busy; active.
- officious; meddlesome; interfering.
- dogmatic; opinionated.
- pragmatic sanction.
- Archaic. an officious or meddlesome person.
Origin of pragmatic
Examples from the Web for pragmatics
But what best defines our relation to language is the pragmatics of our existence.
Our pragmatics is one of process, as the pragmatics of education finally should be.
Their past (ontogeny) and present (pragmatics) are involved in these interactions.
We sometimes apply to these the words Orthobiotics, Didactics, and Pragmatics.
The words "orthobiotics," "didactics," and "pragmatics" might be used to characterize them.
- the study of those aspects of language that cannot be considered in isolation from its use
- the study of the relation between symbols and those who use them
- advocating behaviour that is dictated more by practical consequences than by theory or dogma
- philosophy of or relating to pragmatism
- involving everyday or practical business
- of or concerned with the affairs of a state or community
- rare interfering or meddlesome; officious
Word Origin and History for pragmatics
1610s, "meddlesome, impertinently busy," short for earlier pragmatical, or else from Middle French pragmatique (15c.), from Latin pragmaticus "skilled in business or law," from Greek pragmatikos "fit for business, active, business-like; systematic," from pragma (genitive pragmatos) "a deed, act; that which has been done; a thing, matter, affair," especially an important one; also a euphemism for something bad or disgraceful; in plural, "circumstances, affairs" (public or private), often in a bad sense, "trouble," literally "a thing done," from stem of prassein/prattein "to do, act, perform" (see practical). Meaning "matter-of-fact" is from 1853. In some later senses from German pragmatisch.