prag·mat·ics | \prag-ˈma-tiks \

Definition of pragmatics 

1 : a branch of semiotics that deals with the relation between signs or linguistic expressions and their users

2 : a branch of linguistics that is concerned with the relationship of sentences to the environment in which they occur

First Known Use of pragmatics

1937, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of pragmatics

linguistics : the study of what words mean in particular situations

prag·mat·ics | \prag-ˈmat-iks \

Medical Definition of pragmatics 

: a branch of semiotic that deals with the relation between signs or linguistic expressions and their users

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