Definitions for: Pragmatic


[adj] concerned with practical matters; "a matter-of-fact (or pragmatic) approach to the problem"; "a matter-of-fact account of the trip"
[adj] 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] of or concerning the theory of pragmatism



Webster (1913) Definition: Prag*mat"ic, Pragmatical Prag*mat"ic*al, a. [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.]
1. 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.
--Evelyn.

We can not always be contemplative, diligent, or
pragmatical, abroad; but have need of some
delightful intermissions. --Milton.

Low, pragmatical, earthly views of the gospel.
--Hare.

2. Busy; specifically, busy in an objectionable way;
officious; fussy and positive; meddlesome. ``Pragmatical
officers of justice.'' --Sir W. Scott.

The fellow grew so pragmatical that he took upon him
the government of my whole family. --Arbuthnot.

3. Philosophical; dealing with causes, reasons, and effects,
rather than with details and circumstances; -- said of
literature. ``Pragmatic history.'' --Sir W. Hamilton.
``Pragmatic poetry.'' --M. Arnold.

Pragmatic sanction, a solemn ordinance or decree issued by
the head or legislature of a state upon weighty matters;
-- a term derived from the Byzantine empire. In European
history, two decrees under this name are particularly
celebrated. One of these, issued by Charles VII. of
France, A. D. 1438, was the foundation of the liberties of
the Gallican church; the other, issued by Charles VI. of
Germany, A. D. 1724, settled his hereditary dominions on
his eldest daughter, the Archduchess Maria Theresa.


Prag*mat"ic, n.
1. One skilled in affairs.

My attorney and solicitor too; a fine pragmatic.
--B. Jonson.

2. A solemn public ordinance or decree.

A royal pragmatic was accordingly passed.
--Prescott.

Synonyms: hardheaded, hard-nosed, matter-of-fact, practical, pragmatical, pragmatical, realistic

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