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pragmatist

[prag-muh-tist] /ˈpræg mə tɪst/
noun
1.
a person who is oriented toward the success or failure of a particular line of action, thought, etc.; a practical person.
2.
an advocate or adherent of philosophical pragmatism.
adjective
3.
of, relating to, or characteristic of pragmatism.
Origin
1630-1640
1630-40; pragmat(ic) + -ist
Related forms
antipragmatist, noun, adjective
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Examples from the web for pragmatists
  • The pragmatists who began it were motivated by medical considerations.
  • Both are idealists rather than pragmatists, and skilled at folksy populism.
  • pragmatists are always surprised when the long run arrives.
  • Up to a point this argument, advanced by pragmatists and libertarians alike, is convincing enough.
  • Once again, angry rhetoric on both sides creates a problem, and level headed pragmatists do all they can to try and solve it.
  • Whereas perhaps the pragmatists of the right may not feel their ends are sublime enough always to justify the baser means.
  • And many pragmatists feel that tenure is no longer a guarantee anyway.
  • Two pragmatists together might take a little longer.
  • pragmatists argue for the integration of methods in a single study.
  • pragmatists positively search out new ideas and take the first opportunity to experiment with applications.

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