[ prag-mat-ik ]
/ prægˈmæt ɪk /
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adjective Also prag·mat·i·cal (for defs. 1, 2, 5).
of or relating to a practical point of view or practical considerations.
Philosophy. of or relating to pragmatism (def. 2).
of or relating to pragmatics (def. 1, 2).
treating historical phenomena with special reference to their causes, antecedent conditions, and results.
of or relating to the affairs of state or community.
- busy; active.
- officious; meddlesome; interfering.
- dogmatic; opinionated.
Archaic. an officious or meddlesome person.
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OTHER WORDS FROM pragmatic
prag·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, adjective
an·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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How to use pragmatic in a sentence
He had already come out forcefully against the effort, on both constitutional and politically pragmatic grounds.An insurrection sets an ugly stage for 2024 GOP presidential hopefuls|Aaron Blake|January 7, 2021|Washington Post
Data clean rooms represent the most pragmatic, safe solution yet to emerge for navigating this thorny process in a way that benefits all stakeholders.Deep Dive: Programmatic ends a strong 2020 as CTV, OTT and data privacy loom large in early 2021|Jessica Rapp|January 5, 2021|Digiday
Portman’s call for a bipartisan commission was particularly striking, given that he’s generally regarded as one of the more pragmatic Republican senators.‘These are not crazy people’: GOP defends its voter-fraud push, ignoring obvious perils|Aaron Blake|December 16, 2020|Washington Post
With that promise, McAuliffe gives a nod to the party’s leftward shift without abandoning his “pragmatic, centrist” approach to business matters, said Jessica Taylor, Senate and governors editor for the nonpartisan Cook Political Report.
So, it may seem pragmatic to avoid coauthoring too much with women.The Problem with a New Study on Mentorship in Science - Facts So Romantic|Aubrey Clayton|December 2, 2020|Nautilus
British Dictionary definitions for pragmatic
/ (præɡˈmætɪk) /
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 of pragmaticpragmaticality, 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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