[prag-mat-iks] /prægˈmæt ɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
Logic, Philosophy. the branch of semiotics dealing with the causal and other relations between words, expressions, or symbols and their users.
Linguistics. the analysis of language in terms of the situational context within which utterances are made, including the knowledge and beliefs of the speaker and the relation between speaker and listener.
[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.
noun (functioning as sing)
the study of those aspects of language that cannot be considered in isolation from its use
the study of the relation between symbols and those who use them
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.
noun 1. any one of various imperial decrees with the effect of fundamental law. 2. (initial capital letters) History/Historical. noun 1. an edict, decree, or ordinance issued with the force of fundamental law by a sovereign
Music. 1. pianississimo; double pianissimo. abbreviation 1. purchasing power parity: a rate of exchange between two currencies that gives them equal purchasing powers in their own economies 2. private-public partnership: an agreement in which a private company commits skills or capital to a public-sector project for a financial return Point-to-Point Protocol 1. Point to Point […]
abbreviation 1. peripheral primitive neuroectodermal tumour
1. . PPO abbr. preferred provider organization preferred provider organization
Project-Programmer Number. A user-ID under TOPS-10 and its various mutant progeny at SAIL, BBN, CompuServe and elsewhere. Old-time hackers from the PDP-10 era sometimes use this to refer to user IDs on other systems as well. [Jargon File] (1994-11-18)