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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 proper framework for today is pragmatist versus ideologue.
  • Not that he wasn't first and foremost a pragmatist, mind you, despite his aesthetic sense.
  • He was a pragmatist, and instinctively a seeker of the middle ground.
  • My inner pragmatist says politicians shouldn't be too squeamish about using bad economics in a good economic cause.
  • These days he's a pragmatist who is as popular inside corporate boardrooms as he is in the favelas.
  • He is a forward-thinking pragmatist but has little experience in government.
  • As a natural pragmatist, he may be well suited to this task.
  • But the president also has a pragmatist's suspicion of ideology.

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