Definition of pragmatic in English:
1Dealing with things sensibly and realistically in a way that is based on practical rather than theoretical considerations: a pragmatic approach to politics
More example sentences
- As I read history, most of the founders were sensible and pragmatic men rather than visionary idealists.
- This policy was based on two pragmatic considerations, and no guerilla organisation would overlook these.
- Thus his apparent liberality on this question rested on pragmatic considerations rather than on principle.
1.1Relating to philosophical or political pragmatism.
- Twinned to his pragmatic, populist social democracy has been a maddening Trotskyite temperament.
- Indeed, for a pragmatic libertarian, the political landscape out there is pretty depressing at the moment.
- He saw the pragmatic account of meaning as a method for clearing up metaphysics and aiding scientific inquiry.
1.2 Linguistics Of or relating to pragmatics.
- On the contrary, syntax is indispensable for a pragmatic language and pragmatics is indispensable for a syntactic language.
- This is how what linguists term pragmatic markers have arisen in languages worldwide.
- Furthermore, they generate the same pragmatic implicatures.
- Example sentences
- We have to work realistically and pragmatically with the issue.
- No one is willing to look at the problem rationally and pragmatically.
- This appears to be a mere truism and I can't see why the end results are relevant excepting in the case where you support the action and then realise pragmatically that the costs and results are worse than you imagined.
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