[prag-mat-ik] /prægˈmæt ɪk/

adjective, Also, pragmatical (for defs 1, 2, 5).
of or relating to a practical point of view or practical considerations.
Philosophy. of or relating to (def 2).
of or relating to (def 1, 2).
treating historical phenomena with special reference to their causes, antecedent conditions, and results.
of or relating to the affairs of state or community.

Archaic. an officious or meddlesome person.
advocating behaviour that is dictated more by practical consequences than by theory or dogma
(philosophy) of or relating to pragmatism
involving everyday or practical business
of or concerned with the affairs of a state or community
(rare) interfering or meddlesome; officious

1610s, “meddlesome, impertinently busy,” short for earlier pragmatical, or else from Middle French pragmatique (15c.), from Latin pragmaticus “skilled in business or law,” from Greek pragmatikos “fit for business, active, business-like; systematic,” from pragma (genitive pragmatos) “a deed, act; that which has been done; a thing, matter, affair,” especially an important one; also a euphemism for something bad or disgraceful; in plural, “circumstances, affairs” (public or private), often in a bad sense, “trouble,” literally “a thing done,” from stem of prassein/prattein “to do, act, perform” (see practical). Meaning “matter-of-fact” is from 1853. In some later senses from German pragmatisch.


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