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pragmatics

[prag-mat-iks]
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noun (used with a singular verb)
  1. Logic, Philosophy. the branch of semiotics dealing with the causal and other relations between words, expressions, or symbols and their users.
  2. Linguistics. the analysis of language in terms of the situational context within which utterances are made, including the knowledge and beliefs of the speaker and the relation between speaker and listener.
  3. practical considerations.
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Origin of pragmatics

First recorded in 1935–40; see origin at pragmatic, -ics

pragmatic

[prag-mat-ik]
adjective Also prag·mat·i·cal (for defs 1, 2, 5).
  1. of or relating to a practical point of view or practical considerations.
  2. Philosophy. of or relating to pragmatism(def 2).
  3. of or relating to pragmatics(def 1, 2).
  4. treating historical phenomena with special reference to their causes, antecedent conditions, and results.
  5. of or relating to the affairs of state or community.
  6. Archaic.
    1. busy; active.
    2. officious; meddlesome; interfering.
    3. dogmatic; opinionated.
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noun
  1. pragmatic sanction.
  2. Archaic. an officious or meddlesome person.
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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
Related formsprag·mat·i·cal·i·ty, prag·mat·i·cal·ness, nounprag·mat·i·cal·ly, adverban·ti·prag·mat·ic, adjectivean·ti·prag·mat·i·cal, adjectivean·ti·prag·mat·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·prag·mat·ic, adjective, nounnon·prag·mat·i·cal, adjectivenon·prag·mat·i·cal·ly, adverbun·prag·mat·ic, adjectiveun·prag·mat·i·cal, adjectiveun·prag·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Related Words for pragmatics

symbolism, parole, semantics, pragmatics, langue, syntactics

Examples from the Web for pragmatics

Historical Examples of pragmatics

  • But what best defines our relation to language is the pragmatics of our existence.

    The Civilization of Illiteracy

    Mihai Nadin

  • Our pragmatics is one of process, as the pragmatics of education finally should be.

  • Their past (ontogeny) and present (pragmatics) are involved in these interactions.

  • We sometimes apply to these the words Orthobiotics, Didactics, and Pragmatics.

    Pedagogics as a System

    Karl Rosenkranz

  • The words "orthobiotics," "didactics," and "pragmatics" might be used to characterize them.

    Pedagogics as a System

    Karl Rosenkranz


British Dictionary definitions for pragmatics

pragmatics

noun (functioning as singular)
  1. the study of those aspects of language that cannot be considered in isolation from its use
  2. the study of the relation between symbols and those who use them
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pragmatic

adjective
  1. advocating behaviour that is dictated more by practical consequences than by theory or dogma
  2. philosophy of or relating to pragmatism
  3. involving everyday or practical business
  4. of or concerned with the affairs of a state or community
  5. rare interfering or meddlesome; officious
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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 pragmatics

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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