pragmatical

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj pragmatical concerned with practical matters "a matter-of-fact (or pragmatic) approach to the problem","a matter-of-fact account of the trip"
    • adj pragmatical of or concerning the theory of pragmatism
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pragmatical 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."
    • Pragmatical 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."
    • Pragmatical Philosophical; dealing with causes, reasons, and effects, rather than with details and circumstances; -- said of literature. "Pragmatic history.""Pragmatic poetry."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • pragmatical Versed in affairs; skilled in business; engaged in business pursuits.
    • pragmatical Active; diligent; busy.
    • pragmatical Pertaining to business or to material interests; hence, material; commonplace.
    • pragmatical Practical; authoritative.
    • pragmatical Unduly busy over the affairs of others; meddlesome; interfering; officious.
    • pragmatical Characterized by officiousness; performed or delivered by an officious person; intrusive.
    • pragmatical Busy over trifles; self-important; busy.
    • n pragmatical A professional opinion or decision.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Pragmatical prag-mat′ikal of or pertaining to public business: skilled in affairs: active: practical: interfering with the affairs of others: officious: meddlesome: self-important
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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:

He contracted everything and anything except one group who desired a course of lectures in Pragmatism.
"An American Idyll" by Cornelia Stratton Parker
The Pragmatic Advantage of Freudo-Analysis.
"Three Contributions to the Theory of Sex" by Sigmund Freud
It is this metaphysical pragmatism which is really serviceable to Modernism.
"Outspoken Essays" by William Ralph Inge
Another voice broke in upon them, harsh and pragmatical.
"Macleod of Dare" by William Black
This is pragmatism indeed.
"Edward Caldwell Moore" by Edward Moore
James' pragmatism frankly relinquishes any absolute standard in favor of relativity.
"Preaching and Paganism" by Albert Parker Fitch
This blend of absolutism and pragmatism is richer in its content than either of the two.
"An Interpretation of Rudolf Eucken's Philosophy" by W. Tudor Jones
This is the pragmatic test of all useful knowledge.
"Creative Chemistry" by Edwin E. Slosson
Mary was an excellent girl, but rather kindlesome and pragmatic.
"A Man for the Ages" by Irving Bacheller
Others adhered to modern philosophic systems such as pragmatism and positivism.
"A history of China., [3d ed. rev. and enl.]" by Wolfram Eberhard
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In news:

Experience has taught Joe A Gilbert, a portfolio manager at Integrity Asset Management, to be a pragmatic optimist.
Mary Berry Smith's vision comes from a love of place and a pragmatic approach for resettling it.
You might call it your dream date, your soulmate, or, if you're the pragmatic sort, you may call it your list of must-haves.
Myanmar 's Suu Kyi shows pragmatism.
The balance between creating buildings for a pragmatic purpose and constructing with an eye to changing the face of modern architecture was a central theme to Petit 's talk.
Star-Ledger File Photo Gov Chris Christie, despite the tough talk, is getting things done through centrist pragmatism and compromise.
' Pragmatic ' Rutte to lead new Dutch coalition government.
There is something alarming about the pragmatism of theater.
The Star's editorial Choose pragmatic independents in Missouri House races.
" Pragmatic " Chosen as Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year.
Try slipping the word " pragmatic " into your conversations.
Pragmatic Communication Systems introduces the Preamplifier 9 for low-level audio sources, an addition to the company's HideAway Series of audio components.
A Pragmatic Modernist Prepares for Post-Modern Life.
Homeless Court Serves Pragmatic Justice in Salt Lake City.
Posts Tagged 'Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals.
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In science:

More pragmatically, however, this model has a ma jor default: it’s very difficult to test it.
Tests of Leptogenesis at Low Energy
This is a pragmatic solution to a problem that has a high degree of complexity, and it allows us to set up a family of closely related shock solutions to aid in testing.
A Numerical Method for General Relativistic Magnetohydrodynamics
Also an effective field theory based on hadrons will no longer describe the physics at large momentum when the quark and gluon degrees of freedom become important, hence the use of a form factor may be a more pragmatic way to control the long distance behaviour of hadronic graphs.
Meson and Baryon Spectroscopy on a Lattice
A more pragmatic development in the design of light fermion actions is the development of improved staggered fermion actions [90, 327].
Meson and Baryon Spectroscopy on a Lattice
The improved staggered quark formalism is quite ugly compared to actions that are solutions of the Ginsparg-Wilson relation, but lattice QCD is a pragmatic sub ject and utility wins out over beauty.
Meson and Baryon Spectroscopy on a Lattice
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