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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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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 unpragmatical

pragmatic

adj.

1610s, "meddlesome, impertinently busy," short for earlier pragmatical, or else from Middle French pragmatique (15c.), from Latin pragmaticus "skilled in business or law," from Greek pragmatikos "fit for business, active, business-like; systematic," from pragma (genitive pragmatos) "a deed, act; that which has been done; a thing, matter, affair," especially an important one; also a euphemism for something bad or disgraceful; in plural, "circumstances, affairs" (public or private), often in a bad sense, "trouble," literally "a thing done," from stem of prassein/prattein "to do, act, perform" (see practical). Meaning "matter-of-fact" is from 1853. In some later senses from German pragmatisch.

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