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PRAGMATIC

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does pragmatic mean? 

PRAGMATIC (noun)
  The noun PRAGMATIC has 1 sense:

1. an imperial decree that becomes part of the fundamental law of the land

  Familiarity information: PRAGMATIC used as a noun is very rare.


PRAGMATIC (adjective)
  The adjective PRAGMATIC has 3 senses:

1. concerned with practical matters
2. of or concerning the theory of pragmatism
3. guided by practical experience and observation rather than theory

  Familiarity information: PRAGMATIC used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PRAGMATIC (noun)


Sense 1pragmatic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An imperial decree that becomes part of the fundamental law of the land

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

pragmatic; pragmatic sanction

Hypernyms ("pragmatic" is a kind of...):

imperial decree (a decree issued by a sovereign ruler)


PRAGMATIC (adjective)


Sense 1pragmatic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Concerned with practical matters

Synonyms:

pragmatic; matter-of-fact; pragmatical

Context examples:

a matter-of-fact (or pragmatic) approach to the problem / a matter-of-fact account of the trip

Similar:

practical (concerned with actual use or practice)


Sense 2pragmatic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or concerning the theory of pragmatism

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Synonyms:

pragmatical; pragmatic

Pertainym:

pragmatism ((philosophy) the doctrine that practical consequences are the criteria of knowledge and meaning and value)


Sense 3pragmatic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Guided by practical experience and observation rather than theory

Synonyms:

hard-nosed; hardheaded; practical; pragmatic

Context examples:

a hardheaded appraisal of our position / a hard-nosed labor leader / completely practical in his approach to business / not ideology but pragmatic politics

Similar:

realistic (aware or expressing awareness of things as they really are)


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