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pragmatic Line breaks: prag|mat¦ic
Pronunciation: /praɡˈmatɪk/

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
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  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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 Relating to pragmatics.
Example sentences
  • 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.


Late 16th century (in the senses 'busy, interfering, conceited'): via Latin from Greek pragmatikos 'relating to fact', from pragma 'deed' (from the stem of prattein 'do'). The current senses date from the mid 19th century.

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