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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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“Pragmatics.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of pragmatics

linguistics : the study of what words mean in particular situations
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: a branch of semiotic that deals with the relation between signs or linguistic expressions and their users

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easily led, controlled, or managed

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