Definition of "pragmatic" [prag•mat•ic]

  • Dealing or concerned with facts or actual occurrences; practical. (adjective)
  • Philosophy Of or relating to pragmatism. (adjective)
  • Relating to or being the study of cause and effect in historical or political events with emphasis on the practical lessons to be learned from them. (adjective)
  • Archaic Active; busy. (adjective)
  • Archaic Active in an officious or meddlesome way. (adjective)

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Use "pragmatic" in a sentence
  • "On a good day, I consider myself a centrist (though I prefer the term pragmatic liberal), so I've been more willing than most to hear arguments about making compromises, reaching across the aisle, and taking a short term loss for a long term gain."
  • "Russian envoy Grigory Berdennikov said world powers expect Iran to show what he called a "pragmatic attitude" and respond positively."
  • "The second half is much more specific to the Evangelical community but does make some interesting points about what he calls the pragmatic philosophy of Youth Ministry."