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 election in Red states.
Never Bet Against Senator Heidi Heitkamp, North Dakota’s Rising Star Sandra McElwaine January 22, 2014

I wish we would stop seeing him as either the prophet who will deliver us or the pragmatist who will deny us.
Obama’s Cautious Gay Strategy Timothy Patrick McCarthy April 17, 2010

He’s a conservative, but not a purist; he’s a conviction politician—and a pragmatist too.
A Thinner Chris Christie Still Faces Big Political Challenges Robert Shrum May 9, 2013

Obama took to it in his own way, as a pragmatist, a centrist, a man who believes in compromise.
Bernard-Henri Lévy on Barack Obama’s Three Revolutions Bernard-Henri Lévy October 29, 2012

Bowles is a committed centrist, a fiscal conservative, and a pragmatist.
The Only Guy Who Can Save Obama Doug Schoen September 28, 2010

Historical Examples

The pragmatist clings to facts and concreteness, observes truth at its work in particular cases, and generalizes.
Pragmatism William James

It was very satisfactory to discover definitely that he was not a pragmatist.
Sinister Street, vol. 2 Compton Mackenzie

This fact is construed by the pragmatist as a significant indication of the way out of the epistemological impasse.
Pragmatism D.L. Murray

To begin with, when the pragmatist says ‘indispensable,’ it confounds this with ‘sufficient.’
The Meaning of Truth William James

I ought to have considered fairly the pragmatist’s theory of truth.
The Sources Of Religious Insight Josiah Royce


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