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.

Nearby words

  1. praetorius, michael,
  2. praetorship,
  3. prag,
  4. pragmatagnosia,
  5. pragmatamnesia,
  6. pragmatic sanction,
  7. pragmatic theory,
  8. pragmatical,
  9. pragmaticism,
  10. pragmatics

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 pragmatically

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 Formspragmaticality, 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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Word Origin and History for pragmatically

pragmatic

adj.

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.

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