• WordNet 3.6
    • n pragmatism the attribute of accepting the facts of life and favoring practicality and literal truth
    • n pragmatism (philosophy) the doctrine that practical consequences are the criteria of knowledge and meaning and value
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pragmatism The quality or state of being pragmatic; in literature, the pragmatic, or philosophical, method. "The narration of this apparently trifling circumstance belongs to the pragmatism of the history."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pragmatism Pragmatical character or conduct; officiousness; busy impertinence.
    • n pragmatism In history, same as pragmatic method. See pragmatic, a.
    • n pragmatism In philosophy, a method of thought, a general movement or tendency of thought, and a specific school, in which stress is placed upon practical consequences and practical values as standards for explicating philosophic conceptions and as tests for determining their value and, especially, their truth. The word is used in a variety of senses, of greater or less breadth and definiteness. The following meanings of the term are arranged in the order of descending generality: An attitude of mind, namely that of “looking away from first things, principles, 'categories, supposed necessities, and of looking toward last things, fruits, consequences, facts.” W. James, Pragmatism, a New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking, p. 55.
    • n pragmatism A theory of the nature of truth, namely, that the correspondence between fact and idea which constitutes truth consists in the power of the idea in question to work satisfactorily, or to produce the results intended by it.
    • n pragmatism A metaphysical theory regarding the nature of reality, namely that it is still in process of making, and that human ideas and efforts play a fundamental rôle in its making: the equivalent of humanism as a metaphysical term.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Pragmatism activity: earnestness: meddlesomeness
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L.,—Gr. pragmatikospragmapragmatos, deed—prassein, to do.


In literature:

Some pragmatical seventeenth century lawyer, I suppose.
"A Study In Scarlet" by Arthur Conan Doyle
Called you pragmatical, Nick?
"Rewards and Fairies" by Rudyard Kipling
This hath given the former such an air of superiority, and made the latter so pragmatical, that neither of them are well to be endured.
"The Battle of the Books and Other Short Pieces" by Jonathan Swift
The historians of the Renaissance period simply reverted to the ancient pragmatical view.
"Darwin and Modern Science" by A.C. Seward and Others
A detestable, pragmatical, domineering girl!
"The Clever Woman of the Family" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Thus Paul's postulate of Adam as the natural man was pragmatically true: it worked.
"Preface to Androcles and the Lion" by George Bernard Shaw
PRAGMATIC, an expert, agent.
"Volpone; Or, The Fox" by Ben Jonson
PRAGMATIC, an expert, agent.
"The Alchemist" by Ben Jonson
Thus pragmatical belief has degrees, varying in proportion to the interests at stake.
"The Critique of Pure Reason" by Immanuel Kant
He fancied he was verging more and more toward pragmatism.
"Flappers and Philosophers" by F. Scott Fitzgerald

In news:

Fabio Capello's decision to quit as England coach might just be another example of the pragmatism that has defined his managerial career.
President Obama's campaign announced late Monday that it will embrace the top super PAC supporting Obama's reelection campaign, in what amounts to the latest example of the president embracing political pragmatism over principle.
Pragmatism trumps democracy in Congo.
Will auto union pragmatism help strike a deal.
The pragmatic response of many pharma IT groups is to create 'frameworks' to guide iPad development.
Pragmatism , Purity, and the Debt.
Was sticking with Mubarak a pragmatic , realistic option.
Pragmatism Influencing Energy Debates.
For Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, a history of pragmatism over partisanship.
For tea party, midterms present a choice between ideals, pragmatism .
If " pragmatic " is the highest praise one can offer in DC these days, "ideological" is perhaps the sharpest slur.
Annan's Principled Pragmatism The Nation.
In the lack of a widely accepted standard a pragmatic solution is to convert content among the existing formats.
But with pragmatism , the way I practice it, the art creates change in the world, not just you.
It's a combination of technical knowhow, pragmatism, down-to-earth humor, and big-picture thinking.

In science:

These added dynamics, in addition to complicated requirements for invertibility, have restricted the pragmatic use of deformations when modeling processes in more than one dimension.
Estimating deformations of isotropic Gaussian random fields on the plane
Thus, from a pragmatic perspective, we believe complexity could be relevant in a practical situation where relatively many given exercises might need to be carefully adapted to fit in an e-Learning environment.
On Requirements for Programming Exercises from an E-learning Perspective
Measurement can be modeled by nonlocal pro jection operators such as a† g |0ih0|ag , exactly as is commonly the practice in quantum optics, and adopting a pragmatic restriction to positive frequencies, instead of modeling measurement by local operators such as ˆφf .
Lie random fields
Here we adopt this procedure pragmatical ly, i.e. without discussing any detail, while, to keep the paper self-contained, we postpone to Appendix B the list of some basic facts of this approach.
Stock markets and quantum dynamics: a second quantized description
We hold that from some stage onwards the theory of instruction sequences needs to make use of a pragmatic theory of interfaces.
A progression ring for interfaces of instruction sequences, threads, and services