pragmatics

[ prag-mat-iks ]
/ prægˈmæt ɪks /

noun (used with a singular verb)

Logic, Philosophy. the branch of semiotics dealing with the causal and other relations between words, expressions, or symbols and their users.
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.
practical considerations.

Origin of pragmatics

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

Definition for pragmatics (2 of 2)

pragmatic

[ prag-mat-ik ]
/ prægˈmæt ɪk /

adjective Also prag·mat·i·cal (for defs 1, 2, 5).

noun

Archaic. an officious or meddlesome person.

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 pragmatics (1 of 2)

pragmatics

/ (præɡˈmætɪks) /

noun (functioning as singular)

the study of those aspects of language that cannot be considered in isolation from its use
the study of the relation between symbols and those who use them

British Dictionary definitions for pragmatics (2 of 2)

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 Forms

pragmaticality, 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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