pragmatic

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj pragmatic concerned with practical matters "a matter-of-fact (or pragmatic) approach to the problem","a matter-of-fact account of the trip"
    • adj pragmatic guided by practical experience and observation rather than theory "a hardheaded appraisal of our position","a hard-nosed labor leader","completely practical in his approach to business","not ideology but pragmatic politics"
    • adj pragmatic of or concerning the theory of pragmatism
    • n pragmatic an imperial decree that becomes part of the fundamental law of the land
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pragmatic A solemn public ordinance or decree. "A royal pragmatic was accordingly passed."
    • Pragmatic Busy; specifically, busy in an objectionable way; officious; fussy and positive; meddlesome. "Pragmatical officers of justice.""The fellow grew so pragmatical that he took upon him the government of my whole family."
    • Pragmatic Of or pertaining to business or to affairs; of the nature of business; practical; material; businesslike in habit or manner. "The next day . . . I began to be very pragmatical .""We can not always be contemplative, diligent, or pragmatical , abroad; but have need of some delightful intermissions.""Low, pragmatical , earthly views of the gospel."
    • Pragmatic One skilled in affairs. "My attorney and solicitor too; a fine pragmatic ."
    • Pragmatic Philosophical; dealing with causes, reasons, and effects, rather than with details and circumstances; -- said of literature. "Pragmatic history.""Pragmatic poetry."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • pragmatic Relating to civil affairs; relating or pertaining to the affairs of a community. See pragmatic sanction, below.
    • pragmatic Same as pragmatical, in any sense.
    • pragmatic In the Kantian philos, practical in a particular way—namely, having reference to happiness.—
    • n pragmatic A man of business; one who is versed or active in affairs.
    • n pragmatic A busybody; a meddlesome person.
    • n pragmatic A decree or ordinance issued by the head of a state.
    • n pragmatic A term used (by Kant) to denote rules of action (otherwise denominated ‘counsels of prudence’) which have to do with the attainment of happiness. As used by him, it is antithetic to the term ‘practical,’ which refers to principles of action (otherwise called ‘categorical imperatives’) which have to do with the attainment of virtue.
    • n pragmatic Having to do with pragmatism as a philosophy: as, the pragmatic movement; pragmatic thought. See pragmatism, 3.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Pragmatic prag-mat′ik of or pertaining to public business: skilled in affairs: active: practical: interfering with the affairs of others: officious: meddlesome: self-important
    • n Pragmatic a man of business, a busybody: a public decree
    • ***

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. pragmaticus, busy, active, skilled in business, especially in law and state affairs, systematic, Gr. , fr. a thing done, business, fr. to do: cf. F. pragmatique,. See Practical
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L.,—Gr. pragmatikospragmapragmatos, deed—prassein, to do.

Usage

In literature:

It is perhaps as a matter of "taste" that pragmatism proves most unsatisfactory to it.
"The Complex Vision" by John Cowper Powys
THEORIES OF KNOWLEDGE: Absolutism, Pragmatism, Realism.
"Historical Sketches, Volume I (of 3)" by John Henry Newman
I am not here seeking to examine closely, still less to criticise, Professor James' pragmatic doctrines.
"Personality in Literature" by Rolfe Arnold Scott-James
Pragmatic Sanction, and the Croats, 78.
"The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 1" by Henry Baerlein
In the last attempt at an Anglo-Saxon philosophy, Pragmatism, the test of truth became simply usefulness.
"Gems (?) of German Thought" by Various
In August, 554, the Pope was again on good terms with the emperor, who issued at his request the Pragmatic Sanction for Italy.
"The Formation of Christendom, Volume VI" by Thomas W. (Thomas William) Allies
Treaty of Vienna between Austria and Spain, assenting to the Pragmatic Sanction of Charles VI.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, v. 13" by Various
PRAGMATICS (EDUCATION OF THE WILL).
"Pedagogics as a System" by Karl Rosenkranz
Louis XII., re-enacts the Pragmatic Sanction, i.
"History of the Rise of the Huguenots" by Henry Baird
He is very emotional, also pragmatic.
"Ivory Apes and Peacocks" by James Huneker
***

In news:

Next to Ryan, Obama is pragmatic .
Schumer cheers Obama's pragmatic approach.
There's a certain appeal to pragmatism .
As you may or may not know, there are several theories of art and pragmatism in a way, is one of them.
But the one that intrigues me most is pragmatism as an art form.
This would be less harmful if Romney conveyed a commitment to pragmatism based on principle.
The historian says Americans tend to forgive inconsistencies if they seem to be based on pragmatism and are "in the service of a larger vision".
Beyond MySpace and Facebook-- Pragmatic , Not Just Social, Networking.
Borland Chiefs Take Pragmatic Approach.
Posts Tagged ' Pragmatic Economics.
FDA Strikes Pragmatic Tone Before Hydrocodone Abuse Prevention Meeting.
Cleantech 2.0: Pragmatic and capital-efficient.
Pragmatic Approach to Audio and Video Integration.
' Pragmatic ' Was 2011's Word Of The Year.
Pragmatic Studio offering iOS Programming Studio in November.
***

In science:

It is not a priori clear what this means, but the pragmatic way to proceed is as follows.
Vacuum Fluctuations, Geometric Modular Action and Relativistic Quantum Information Theory
This framework shows how existing models and methods from different fields can be brought together as a pragmatic means towards reliable reasoning in the presence of incomplete and erroneous data.
Certainty Closure: Reliable Constraint Reasoning with Incomplete or Erroneous Data
Pragmatic applications of the physics are interested only in these pragmatic aspects of QM, which is fine.
Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics: a critical survey
Nevertheless, many physicists are not only interested in the pragmatic aspects, but also want to understand nature on a deeper conceptual level.
Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics: a critical survey
Besides, a deeper understanding of nature on the conceptual level may also induce a new development of pragmatic aspects.
Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics: a critical survey
***