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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.

busy; active.
officious; meddlesome; interfering.
dogmatic; opinionated.

Archaic. an officious or meddlesome person.
Contemporary Examples

The fact is, however, that no one has been able to come up with pragmatic ways to implement these kinds of policies.
Health Care Strangles Bank Reform! Jeffrey E. Garten April 9, 2010

It was a declaration of independence from the professional left and a statement of principle from a pragmatic progressive.
Obama Finds His Mojo John Avlon December 10, 2010

Because this pragmatic nationalism should not at all infringe on their rights to live in safety and dignity.
Let Their People Come Raphael Magarik September 4, 2012

A pragmatic Israel will likely find in a pragmatic Morsi an address for mutually beneficial problem solving.
Seven Takeaways From The Gaza Ceasefire Daniel Levy November 21, 2012

We are willing to find practical, pragmatic solutions to all those issues [that we have].
India-Pakistan Normalization of Relations Jahanzeb Aslam April 8, 2012

Historical Examples

This associated the function of dissemination through language to the function of validation in the pragmatic context.
The Civilization of Illiteracy Mihai Nadin

The pragmatic Sanction was still observed as the law of the land.
The Rise of the Hugenots, Vol. 1 (of 2) Henry Martyn Baird

Is there an Absolute in the realm of humor, or must our jokes be judged solely by the pragmatic test?
Toaster’s Handbook Peggy Edmund and Harold W. Williams, compilers

“The pragmatic engineering approach, I imagine,” Stanton said.
Anything You Can Do … Gordon Randall Garrett

Dynamic tensions between scale and the elements defining the underlying structure lead to changes in the pragmatic framework.
The Civilization of Illiteracy Mihai Nadin

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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