[prag-mat-uh-siz-uh m]


the pragmatist philosophy of C. S. Peirce, chiefly a theory of meaning: so called by him to distinguish it from the pragmatism of William James.

Origin of pragmaticism

First recorded in 1905; pragmatic + -ism
Related formsan·ti·prag·mat·i·cism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for pragmaticism

1865, "officiousness," from pragmatic + -ism. From 1905 as a term in philosophy by American philosopher C.S. Peirce (1839-1914).

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