pragmatics

[prag-mat-iks]
noun (used with a singular verb)
1.
Logic, Philosophy. the branch of semiotics dealing with the causal and other relations between words, expressions, or symbols and their users.
2.
Linguistics. the analysis of language in terms of the situational context within which utterances are made, including the knowledge and beliefs of the speaker and the relation between speaker and listener.
3.
practical considerations.

Origin:
1935–40; see pragmatic, -ics

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pragmatic

[prag-mat-ik]
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.
a.
busy; active.
b.
officious; meddlesome; interfering.
c.
dogmatic; opinionated.
noun
8.
Archaic. an officious or meddlesome person.

Origin:
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

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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pragmatic (præɡˈmætɪk)
 
adj
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
 
[C17: from Late Latin prāgmaticus, from Greek prāgmatikos from pragma act, from prattein to do]
 
pragmati'cality
 
n
 
prag'matically
 
adv

pragmatics (præɡˈmætɪks)
 
n
1.  the study of those aspects of language that cannot be considered in isolation from its use
2.  the study of the relation between symbols and those who use them

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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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The issues here are context and meaning, or what linguists might call discourse, pragmatics and semantics.
The possible importance of this alternative transcends the mere pragmatics of shared labor.
The second subsection covers work on pronominalization within the framework of semantics and pragmatics.
Thus, learners' understanding of giving and receiving compliments helped broaden their interest in pragmatics.
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