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 pragmatically
And in his characteristic way he faced it pragmatically and without fear.
We believe that they can be humanitarian leaders, both symbolically and pragmatically.
But undramatically, mundanely, and pragmatically, Obama will get his legislation.
Then, as president, he followed thorough, pragmatically but resolutely.
"You are always so pragmatically and priggishly correct," she said.The Mountebank|William J. Locke
The only way to get forward with our notion is to treat it pragmatically.Pragmatism|William James
Pragmatically relevant commitments are no longer the privilege of state bureaucracies.The Civilization of Illiteracy|Mihai Nadin
Pragmatically speaking, this outlying chain of response is unintended and irrelevant.The Place of Science in Modern Civilisation and Other Essays|Thorstein Veblen
Pragmatically, virtual and actual truth mean the same thing: the possibility of only one answer, when once the question is raised.The Meaning of Truth|William James
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.