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.
officious; meddlesome; interfering.
Archaic. an officious or meddlesome person.
- prag·mat·i·cal·i·ty, prag·mat·i·cal·ness, noun
- prag·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb
- an·ti·prag·mat·ic, adjective
- an·ti·prag·mat·i·cal, adjective
- an·ti·prag·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb
- non·prag·mat·ic, adjective, noun
- non·prag·mat·i·cal, adjective
- non·prag·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb
- un·prag·mat·ic, adjective
- un·prag·mat·i·cal, adjective
- un·prag·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use pragmatic in a sentence
He never made foolish remarks, although not in the slightest degree uncomfortably precocious or pragmatical.Successful Exploration Through the Interior of Australia | William John Wills
The historians of the Renaissance period simply reverted to the ancient pragmatical view.Evolution in Modern Thought | Ernst Haeckel
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
Moreover the traditions of pragmatical historiography had by no means disappeared.Evolution in Modern Thought | Ernst Haeckel
But the pragmatical daughter, by the fatal meeting, precipitated all, and frustrated her indulgent designs.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) | Samuel Richardson
British Dictionary definitions for pragmatic
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
- Also (for senses 3, 5): pragmatical
- pragmaticality, noun
- pragmatically, adverb
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