adjective Also prag·mat·i·cal (for defs 1, 2, 5).
- busy; active.
- officious; meddlesome; interfering.
- dogmatic; opinionated.
Origin of pragmatic
Examples from the Web for pragmatic
But, as far as I can discern, they do focused, pragmatic work.
Mixner, both passionate and pragmatic, found a focus in his activism.Gay Activist David Mixner: I Mercy Killed 8 People|Tim Teeman|October 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Fairchild considers herself a pragmatic liberal—a registered Democrat and “kind of a boring moderate.”
But by all accounts Khamenei is a pragmatic politician whose own survival is his first priority.
The ideal of journalistic neutrality also has pragmatic origins.
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 thought is, nevertheless, inherent in any sign process.
The Bulgarians, although their motives were also pragmatic, felt a deep sense of kinship with the Russian people.Area Handbook for Bulgaria|Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
In the realm of humans, to be compassionate IS to be pragmatic.After the Rain|Sam Vaknin
Images are more constrained, more directly determined by the pragmatic experience in whose framework they are generated.
British Dictionary definitions for pragmatic
Word Origin for pragmatic
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.