- Philosophy A movement consisting of varying but associated theories, originally developed by Charles S. Peirce and William James and distinguished by the doctrine that the meaning of an idea or a proposition lies in its observable practical consequences. (noun)
- A practical, matter-of-fact way of approaching or assessing situations or of solving problems. (noun)
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