adjective Also prag·mat·i·cal (for defs 1, 2, 5).
- busy; active.
- officious; meddlesome; interfering.
- dogmatic; opinionated.
Origin of pragmatic
Related Words for pragmatichardheaded, businesslike, efficient, down-to-earth, logical, practical, realistic, sober, utilitarian, hard, hard-boiled, matter-of-fact, commonsensical, unidealistic
Examples from the Web for pragmatic
Contemporary Examples of pragmatic
But, as far as I can discern, they do focused, pragmatic work.COEXIST’s Bonehead Bumper-Sticker Politics
December 21, 2014
Mixner, both passionate and pragmatic, found a focus in his activism.Gay Activist David Mixner: I Mercy Killed 8 People
October 29, 2014
Fairchild considers herself a pragmatic liberal—a registered Democrat and “kind of a boring moderate.”Morgan Fairchild: Badass Foreign Policy Wonk
October 20, 2014
But by all accounts Khamenei is a pragmatic politician whose own survival is his first priority.Inside Iran’s Fling With The U.S.
July 4, 2014
The ideal of journalistic neutrality also has pragmatic origins.How the News Business Found Its Footing
June 22, 2014
Historical Examples of pragmatic
The Pragmatic Sanction was still observed as the law of the land.The Rise of the Hugenots, Vol. 1 (of 2)
Henry Martyn Baird
"The pragmatic engineering approach, I imagine," Stanton said.Anything You Can Do ...
Gordon Randall Garrett
Genetic continuity is a background for pragmatic discontinuity.
The structure of the army embodied the structure of the pragmatic framework.
The pragmatic thought is, nevertheless, inherent in any sign process.
Word Origin for pragmatic
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.