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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pragmatics. Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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pragmatics

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pragmatics

linguistics : the study of what words mean in particular situations

pragmatics

noun plural but singular or plural in construction
prag·​mat·​ics | \ prag-ˈmat-iks How to pronounce pragmatics (audio) \

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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