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pragmatic

[ prag-mat-ik ]
/ prægˈmæt ɪk /
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adjective Also prag·mat·i·cal (for defs. 1, 2, 5).
noun
Archaic. an officious or meddlesome person.
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Origin of pragmatic

1580–90; <Latin prāgmaticus<Greek prāgmatikós practical, equivalent to prāgmat- (stem of prâgma) deed, state business (derivative of prā́ssein to do, fare; see practic) + -ikos-ic

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British Dictionary definitions for pragmatic

pragmatic
/ (præɡˈmætɪk) /

adjective
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

Derived forms of pragmatic

pragmaticality, nounpragmatically, adverb

Word Origin for pragmatic

C17: from Late Latin prāgmaticus, from Greek prāgmatikos from pragma act, from prattein to do
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