pragmatic

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prag·mat·ic

adjective \prag-ˈma-tik\

: dealing with the problems that exist in a specific situation in a reasonable and logical way instead of depending on ideas and theories

Full Definition of PRAGMATIC

1
archaic
a (1) :  busy
(2) :  officious
b :  opinionated
2
:  relating to matters of fact or practical affairs often to the exclusion of intellectual or artistic matters :  practical as opposed to idealistic <pragmatic men of power have had no time or inclination to deal with … social morality — K. B. Clark>
3
:  relating to or being in accordance with philosophical pragmatism(see pragmatism)
pragmatic noun
prag·mat·i·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Variants of PRAGMATIC

prag·mat·ic also prag·mat·i·cal \-ti-kəl\

Examples of PRAGMATIC

  1. His pragmatic view of public education comes from years of working in city schools.
  2. <a pragmatic man, not given to grand, visionary schemes>
  3. … their pragmatic successors like Benjamin Franklin were concerned with lightning's … power but not its thrilling scenic value. —John Updike, New York Review of Books, 15 Aug. 2002

Origin of PRAGMATIC

Latin pragmaticus skilled in law or business, from Greek pragmatikos, from pragmat-, pragma deed, from prassein to do — more at practical
First Known Use: 1616

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