- 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 Words for pragmaticalpragmatic, astute, businesslike, down-to-earth, earthy, hard, hard-boiled, hardheaded, levelheaded, matter-of-fact, objective, practical, prosaic, prudent, rational, real, reasonable, sane, sensible, shrewd
Examples from the Web for pragmatical
Historical Examples of pragmatical
Do you side with Wolfe and Heyne and that pragmatical fellow Vico?The Caxtons, Complete
But this is pragmatical, and putting an imaginary for a real state of things.Winterslow
Some kinds of criticism are as much too insipid as others are too pragmatical.Table-Talk
But he was interfered with by the pragmatical, imbecile, and conceited Congress.Life And Times Of Washington, Volume 2
John Frederick Schroeder
He is tedious, he is pragmatical, and—I affirm it in all sympathy and sorrow—he is crazed.Henry Brocken
Walter J. de la Mare
- 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 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.