- 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
Related Wordshardheaded, businesslike, efficient, down-to-earth, logical, practical, realistic, sober, utilitarian, hard, hard-boiled, matter-of-fact, commonsensical, unidealistic
Examples from the Web for 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
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.
- 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 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.