character or conduct that emphasizes practicality.
a philosophical movement or system having various forms, but generally stressing practical consequences as constituting the essential criterion in determining meaning, truth, or value.
In short, these “solutions” represent neither principles nor pragmatism, and instead reflect dangerous phantasms and fanaticism.
Israel and Palestine Vs. ‘Blood and Magic’ Hussein Ibish, Saliba Sarsar September 16, 2013
We need to blend inspiration and discipline, optimism and pragmatism, just as Walt did a half century ago.
The Disney Fix for the Economy John Kao August 23, 2010
Not surprisingly, pragmatism has greater appeal to political independents and moderates than to Republicans.
Stuffy Old Men: Region, Religion, Race and Class Define and Buffet GOP Lloyd Green March 30, 2013
As the campaign shifts from the primary to the general, even the edgiest candidates begin to show signs of pragmatism.
Dems’ Albatross Strategy Benjamin Sarlin June 17, 2010
Reagan succeeded because he married a reputation for principle with an instinct for pragmatism.
The Republicans’ Reagan Amnesia Peter Beinart January 31, 2010
It is pragmatism as method which is emphasized, I take it, in the subtitle, “a new name for some old ways of thinking.”
Essays in Experimental Logic John Dewey
The extremes of mysticism and of pragmatism have their own expressions of worship.
Breaking Point James E. Gunn
He was told that pragmatism was a method, and felt obliged to pretend that this enlightened him.
The Wrong Twin Harry Leon Wilson
It is perhaps as a matter of “taste” that pragmatism proves most unsatisfactory to it.
The Complex Vision John Cowper Powys
Yet pragmatism must respect this way, for it has massive historic vindication.
Pragmatism William James
action or policy dictated by consideration of the immediate practical consequences rather than by theory or dogma
the doctrine that the content of a concept consists only in its practical applicability
the doctrine that truth consists not in correspondence with the facts but in successful coherence with experience See also instrumentalism
“matter-of-fact treatment,” 1825, from Greek pragmat-, stem of pragma “that which has been done” (see pragmatic) + -ism. As a philosophical doctrine, 1898, said to be from 1870s; probably from German Pragmatismus. As a name for a political theory, from 1951. Related: Pragmatist (1630s as “busybody;” 1892 as “adherent of a pragmatic philosophy”).
pragmatism prag·ma·tism (prāg’mə-tĭz’əm)
A way of approaching situations or solving problems that emphasizes practical applications and consequences.
prag·mat’ic (-māt’ĭk) adj.
An approach to philosophy, primarily held by American philosophers, which holds that the truth or meaning of a statement is to be measured by its practical (i.e., pragmatic) consequences. William James and John Dewey were pragmatists.
a person who is oriented toward the success or failure of a particular line of action, thought, etc.; a practical person. an advocate or adherent of philosophical . of, relating to, or characteristic of . Contemporary Examples A pragmatist and a moderate, she serves as a role model for other Blue Dog women running for […]
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Zoology. any organism that exists by upon other organisms. a predatory person. noun any carnivorous animal a predatory person or thing n. 1862, from Latin praedator “plunderer,” from praedari “to rob” (see predation). Originally Predatores (Swainson, 1840) used of insects that ate other insects. predator (prěd’ə-tər) An animal that lives by capturing and eating other […]
Zoology. any organism that exists by upon other organisms. a predatory person. Contemporary Examples He believes that consuming the spirit on a regular basis gives him the strength of a tiger and the senses of a predator. China Is Brewing Wine From Tiger Bones Brendon Hong July 21, 2014 Shiite militiamen allied with Iran were […]
prelacy; episcopacy. noun government of the Church by prelates; episcopacy