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- The pursuit of practicality over aesthetic qualities; a concentration on facts rather than emotions or ideals.
- (politics) The theory that political problems should be met with practical solutions rather than ideological ones.
- (philosophy) The idea that beliefs are identified with the actions of a believer, and the truth of beliefs with success of those actions in securing a believer's goals; the doctrine that ideas must be looked at in terms of their practical effects and consequences.
- 1902, William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience, Folio Society, published 2008, page 378:
- Our conception of these practical consequences is for us the whole of our conception of the object [...] This is the principle of Peirce, the principle of pragmatism.
- The habit of interfering in other people's affairs; meddlesomeness.
pursuit of practicality over aesthetic qualities
political theory that problems should be met with/by practical solutions rather than ideological ones
philosophical idea that beliefs are identified with the actions of a believer
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pragmatism n (uncountable)