pragmatics

noun

prag·​mat·​ics prag-ˈma-tiks How to pronounce pragmatics (audio)
plural in form but singular or plural in construction
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

Word History

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of pragmatics was in 1937

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“Pragmatics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pragmatics. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

pragmatics

noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction
prag·​mat·​ics prag-ˈmat-iks How to pronounce pragmatics (audio)
: a branch of semiotic that deals with the relation between signs or linguistic expressions and their users

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