What does pragmatic mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pragmatic sanction, pragmatic(adj)

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

  2. matter-of-fact, pragmatic, pragmatical(adj)

    concerned with practical matters

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

  3. pragmatic, pragmatical(adj)

    of or concerning the theory of pragmatism

  4. hardheaded, hard-nosed, practical, pragmatic(adj)

    guided by practical experience and observation rather than theory

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


  1. pragmatic(Adjective)

    Practical, concerned with making decisions and actions that are useful in practice, not just theory

    The sturdy furniture in the student lounge was pragmatic, but unattractive.

  2. Origin: From pragmatique, from pragmaticus, from πραγματικός, from πρᾶγμα, in plural πράγματα, from πράσσειν (whence English practical).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pragmatic(adj)

    alt. of Pragmatical

  2. Pragmatic(noun)

    one skilled in affairs

  3. Pragmatic(noun)

    a solemn public ordinance or decree

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pragmatic

    -al, prag-mat′ik, -al, adj. of or pertaining to public business: skilled in affairs: active: practical: interfering with the affairs of others: officious: meddlesome: self-important.—n. Pragmat′ic, a man of business, a busybody: a public decree.—adv. Pragmat′ically.—ns. Pragmat′icalness, Prag&priprime;matism, activity: earnestness: meddlesomeness; Prag′matist.—Pragmatic method, a method of treating events with reference to their causes, conditions, and results—also called Prag′matism; Pragmatic sanction, a special decree issued by a sovereign, such as that passed by the Emperor Charles VI. of Germany, securing the crown to Maria Theresa, and which led to the war so called in 1741. [Fr.,—L.,—Gr. pragmatikospragmapragmatos, deed—prassein, to do.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pragmatic in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pragmatic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Emeasoba George:

    True leadership is all about being verbally/attitudinally positive or active, humble/compassionate/passionate/foresighted/pragmatic and proactive all together.

  2. Emeasoba George:

    A pragmatic leader's core job is not just to create more followers. Rather, it should be to create more leaders i.e. those who will take over from him/her. That's the way/what it should be.

  3. Carlos Alzugaray:

    His popularity has risen since that moment, he has been pragmatic, giving Obama the space he needed to make this happen, allowing Obama to come off in a good light. He's been very smart about this.

  4. Tom Stoppard:

    Happiness is equilibrium. Shift your weight. Equilibrium is pragmatic. You have to get everything into proportion. You compensate, rebalance yourself so that you maintain your angle to the world. When the world shifts, you shift.

  5. Photographer Danila Tkachenko:

    School, work, family -- once in this cycle, you are a prisoner of your own position and have to do what you're supposed to, you should be pragmatic and strong, or become an outcast or a lunatic. How (do you) remain yourself in the midst of this?

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