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pragmatic British & World English

Dealing with things sensibly and realistically in a way that is based on practical rather than theoretical considerations

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my father was entirely pragmatic in his response to difficult situations

pragmatic sanction British & World English

An imperial or royal decree that has the force of law

Pragmatic Sanction in pragmatic sanction British & World English

A document drafted in 1717 by the Emperor Charles VI providing for his daughter Maria Theresa to succeed to all his territories should he die without a son. Opposition to it led to the War of the Austrian Succession on Charles’s death in 1740