adjective Also prag·mat·i·cal (for defs 1, 2, 5).
- busy; active.
- officious; meddlesome; interfering.
- dogmatic; opinionated.
- praetorius, michael,
- pragmatic sanction,
- pragmatic theory,
Origin of pragmatic
Examples from the Web for pragmatical
Do you side with Wolfe and Heyne and that pragmatical fellow Vico?The Caxtons, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
We need do no more than mention the world-famous stories of the unfortunate Hunchback and the pragmatical but charitable Barber.The Life of Sir Richard Burton|Thomas Wright
One minister called me a pragmatical rascal, and vehemently inveighed against the whole body of Dissenters.
And would he not deserve to be hissed and thrown stones at till the pragmatical fool could learn better manners?In Praise of Folly|Desiderius Erasmus
Wardle was a pragmatical and candid friend who paid Mr. Batchel occasional visits at Stoneground.The Stoneground Ghost Tales|E. G. Swain
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.