prag·mat·ic Audio Help [prag-mat-ik] Pronunciation Key – Show IPA Pronunciation
||of or pertaining to a practical point of view or practical considerations.
||treating historical phenomena with special reference to their causes, antecedent conditions, and results.
||of or pertaining to the affairs of state or community.
||officious; meddlesome; interfering.
||Archaic. an officious or meddlesome person.
Also, prag·mat·i·cal (for defs. 1, 2, 5).
< L pr?gmaticus
< Gk pr?gmatikós
practical, equiv. to pr?gmat-
(s. of prâgma
) deed, state business (deriv. of prssein
to do, fare; see practic
) + -ikos -ic
prag·mat·i·cal·i·ty, prag·mat·i·cal·ness, noun
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NOTE: I've only seen definition 1 above used on the GRE.
Short Definition: Practical
- Let's be pragmatic. There's no need to argue about whether or not the Toyota or the Lexus is more powerful, since we can't afford the Lexus anyway.
- Her pragmatic approach to governance–championing approaches that were effective rather than those that were appealing–made her a very effective leader.
- Pragmatism says we ignore beauty and concentrate on effectiveness.