noun (used with a singular verb)
Definition for pragmatics (2 of 2)
adjective Also prag·mat·i·cal (for defs 1, 2, 5).
- busy; active.
- officious; meddlesome; interfering.
- dogmatic; opinionated.
Origin of pragmatic
Examples from the Web for pragmatics
Their pragmatics is defined by the need to continuously meet desire and expectation instead of need.
Our pragmatics is one of process, as the pragmatics of education finally should be.
These are subject to rapid change because the pragmatics of the activities they represent change so fast.
The pragmatics that overrides the need for literacy is based on individual empowerment.
The pragmatics of the civilization of illiteracy makes the experience of art part of the global experience.
British Dictionary definitions for pragmatics (1 of 2)
noun (functioning as singular)
British Dictionary definitions for pragmatics (2 of 2)
Word Origin for pragmatic
Word Origin and History for pragmatics
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.