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

a (1) :  busy
(2) :  officious
b :  opinionated
:  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>
:  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


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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