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[prag-muh-tist] /ˈpræg mə tɪst/
a person who is oriented toward the success or failure of a particular line of action, thought, etc.; a practical person.
an advocate or adherent of philosophical pragmatism.
of, relating to, or characteristic of pragmatism.
Origin of pragmatist
1630-40; pragmat(ic) + -ist
Related forms
antipragmatist, noun, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The pragmatist clings to facts and concreteness, observes truth at its work in particular cases, and generalizes.

    Pragmatism William James
  • It was very satisfactory to discover definitely that he was not a pragmatist.

    Sinister Street, vol. 2 Compton Mackenzie
  • This fact is construed by the pragmatist as a significant indication of the way out of the epistemological impasse.

    Pragmatism D.L. Murray
  • To begin with, when the pragmatist says 'indispensable,' it confounds this with 'sufficient.'

    The Meaning of Truth William James
  • I ought to have considered fairly the pragmatist's theory of truth.

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