- 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
Examples from the Web for pragmatically
And in his characteristic way he faced it pragmatically and without fear.Peter Worthington: A Life Well Lived
May 23, 2013
We believe that they can be humanitarian leaders, both symbolically and pragmatically.African First Ladies Rally for Change
May 6, 2011
But undramatically, mundanely, and pragmatically, Obama will get his legislation.Nothing Is Going to Change
September 9, 2009
Then, as president, he followed thorough, pragmatically but resolutely.Obama's Panic Problem
October 5, 2008
"You are always so pragmatically and priggishly correct," she said.The Mountebank
William J. Locke
I settled the dispute by pragmatically distinguishing the senses.The Meaning of Truth
Pragmatically, then, the abstract word 'design' is a blank cartridge.
The only way to get forward with our notion is to treat it pragmatically.
She could see no meaning in treating as 'not true' a notion that was pragmatically so successful.
- 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 and History for pragmatically
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.