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OTHER WORDS FROM pragmatistan·ti·prag·ma·tist, noun, adjective
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What does pragmatist mean?
A pragmatist is a person who deals with problems or situations by focusing on practical approaches and solutions—ones that will work in practice, as opposed to being ideal in theory.
The word pragmatist is often contrasted with the word idealist, which refers to a person who acts based on high principles or ideals. A pragmatist, on the other hand, acts based on real-world conditions or circumstances—they consider what can realistically be done as opposed to the best theoretical course of action. This approach is called pragmatism.
More specifically, pragmatism can refer to the philosophical movement or approach that emphasizes practical consequences in the determination of meaning, truth, or value. A philosopher who adheres to this can also be called a pragmatist.
Pragmatist can also be used as an adjective to describe such a philosophy or action. The related adjective form pragmatic means practical, especially when making decisions.
Example: We need a candidate who’s a pragmatist and can get things done in the real world—not some idealist who will never compromise.
Where does pragmatist come from?
The first records of the word pragmatist come from around 1640. It ultimately derives from the Greek pragmatikós, meaning “practical,” from pragma, meaning “act,” from prā́ssein, “to do.” The words practical and praxis derive from the same root.
People considered pragmatists focus on the realistic options or courses of action. People considered idealists typically try to achieve the best-case scenario—the one based on their ideals. Of course, many people navigate life with a balance of pragmatism and idealism: sometimes they compromise, and sometimes they stick to their principles no matter what. In general, a close synonym for pragmatist is practical person.
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How is pragmatist used in real life?
Pragmatist is commonly used in a positive way to refer to people who make choices or actions that are considered practical and reasonable. It’s often used in the context of politics.
The optimist in me hopes we are living in a "A New Hope" and "Return of the Jedi" but the pragmatist in me is expecting "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Revenge of the Sith."
— Wajahat "Wears a Mask Because of a Pandemic" Ali (@WajahatAli) June 8, 2020
Analytical Philosopher: "Can we really know?"
Continental Philosopher: "What does it all mean?"
Scientist: "Can I measure it?"
Pragmatist: "How much are you paying me to answer?"
— Asadullah Ali (@ProjectAndalus) May 28, 2020
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Example sentences from the Web for pragmatist
A pragmatist and a moderate, she serves as a role model for other Blue Dog women running for election in Red states.Never Bet Against Senator Heidi Heitkamp, North Dakota’s Rising Star|Sandra McElwaine|January 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He's a conservative, but not a purist; he's a conviction politician—and a pragmatist too.A Thinner Chris Christie Still Faces Big Political Challenges|Robert Shrum|May 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Obama took to it in his own way, as a pragmatist, a centrist, a man who believes in compromise.Bernard-Henri Lévy on Barack Obama’s Three Revolutions|Bernard-Henri Lévy|October 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Bowles is a committed centrist, a fiscal conservative, and a pragmatist.
I wish we would stop seeing him as either the prophet who will deliver us or the pragmatist who will deny us.
Thus the pragmatist's reliance on facts does not carry him beyond the psychic sphere; his facts are only his personal experiences.Winds Of Doctrine|George Santayana
They simply assume that no pragmatist CAN admit a genuinely theoretic interest.The Meaning of Truth|William James
Had his question been about truth, only a pragmatist could have told him the particular go of it.Pragmatism|William James
This is the pragmatist's view of the nature of all assertions and opinions.The Sources Of Religious Insight|Josiah Royce
The pragmatist theory that “truth” is a belief which works well sometimes conflicts with common-sense and not with logic.