pragmatic

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From French pragmatique, from Late Latin pragmaticus (relating to civil affair; in Latin, as a noun, a person versed in the law who furnished arguments and points to advocates and orators, a kind of attorney), from Ancient Greek πραγματικός (pragmatikós, active, versed in affairs), from πρᾶγμα (pragma, a thing done, a fact), in plural πράγματα (prágmata, affairs, state affairs, public business, etc.), from πράσσειν (prassein, to do) (whence English practical).

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pragmatic (comparative more pragmatic, superlative most pragmatic)

  1. Practical, concerned with making decisions and actions that are useful in practice, not just theory.
    The sturdy furniture in the student lounge was pragmatic, but unattractive.
  2. philosophical; dealing with causes, reasons, and effects, rather than with details and circumstances; said of literature.
    • Sir W. Hamilton
      Pragmatic history.
    • M. Arnold
      Pragmatic poetry.

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