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pragmatic

[prag-mat-ik] /prægˈmæt ɪk/
adjective, Also, pragmatical (for defs 1, 2, 5).
1.
of or pertaining to a practical point of view or practical considerations.
2.
Philosophy. of or pertaining to pragmatism (def 2).
3.
of or pertaining to pragmatics (defs 1, 2).
4.
treating historical phenomena with special reference to their causes, antecedent conditions, and results.
5.
of or pertaining to the affairs of state or community.
6.
Archaic.
  1. busy; active.
  2. officious; meddlesome; interfering.
  3. dogmatic; opinionated.
noun
8.
Archaic. an officious or meddlesome person.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; < Latin prāgmaticus < Greek prāgmatikós practical, equivalent to prāgmat- (stem of prâgma) deed, state business (derivative of prā́ssein to do, fare; see practic) + -ikos -ic
Related forms
pragmaticality, pragmaticalness, noun
pragmatically, adverb
antipragmatic, adjective
antipragmatical, adjective
antipragmatically, adverb
nonpragmatic, adjective, noun
nonpragmatical, adjective
nonpragmatically, adverb
unpragmatic, adjective
unpragmatical, adjective
unpragmatically, adverb
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Examples for pragmatically
  • Science simply devises pragmatically useful descriptions.
  • Most likely they would do things the same way they always have: slowly and pragmatically.
  • It's time to look at the best-performing countries and pragmatically adapt their solutions.
  • We should defend democracy pragmatically, if not for humanity's sake.
  • Now if you were to look at these facts pragmatically and rationally there is only one decision to be made.
  • Our only chance, really, to be heard today is to vote pragmatically.
  • But pragmatically, tactfully negotiating would have served us better than having them go home prematurely.
  • People pragmatically intuit that regardless of whether free will exists, our society depends on everyone's believing it does.
  • pragmatically, the dormitory serves to keep bachelor salarymen under control and to further their education.
  • The officers felt that both intellectually and pragmatically they were better prepared to rule the country than was the nobility.
British Dictionary definitions for pragmatically

pragmatic

/præɡˈmætɪk/
adjective
1.
advocating behaviour that is dictated more by practical consequences than by theory or dogma
2.
(philosophy) of or relating to pragmatism
3.
involving everyday or practical business
4.
of or concerned with the affairs of a state or community
5.
(rare) interfering or meddlesome; officious
Also (for senses 3, 5) pragmatical
Derived Forms
pragmaticality, noun
pragmatically, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin prāgmaticus, from Greek prāgmatikos from pragma act, from prattein to do
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Word Origin and History for pragmatically
pragmatic
1540s, from M.Fr. pragmatique, from L. pragmaticus "skilled in business or law," from Gk. pragmatikos "versed in business," from pragma (gen. pragmatos) "civil business, deed, act," from prassein "to do, act, perform."
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