- tried to strike a balance between principles and pragmatism
Examples of pragmatism in a Sentence
- To put it rather more crudely, he is trying to sell his integrationist and reformist agenda using traditionalist legal wrappings. It is, of course, this pragmatism, which sometimes comes across as slippery casuistry, that so annoys his critics. —Malise Ruthven, New York Review of Books, 16 Aug. 2007
- These are books without slogans, manuals that favor subtlety over simplicity, moderation over bombast, pragmatism over ideology. —Jonathan Tepperman, New York Times Book Review, 16 Oct 2005
- … compromise (or better yet, its spirit) symbolizes the necessary pragmatism expected of politics in a pluralist society. —Jack N. Rakove, Original Meanings … , 1996
The right person for the job will balance vision with pragmatism.
Recent Examples of pragmatism from the Web
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There is little flag-waving and no demonizing of the Axis enemy, but rather a pragmatism that regards the defeat of fascism as a job that requires determination and a plan.
Valdés, a former labor leader, is known for his pragmatism.
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PRAGMATISM Defined for English Language Learners
: a reasonable and logical way of doing things or of thinking about problems that is based on dealing with specific situations instead of on ideas and theories
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