Definitions for pragmaticsprægˈmæt ɪks
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
(used with a pl. v.) practical considerations.
(used with a sing. v.) a branch of semiotics dealing with the causal and other relations between words, expressions, or symbols and their users.
(used with a sing. v.) a branch of linguistics dealing with language in its situational context, including the knowledge and beliefs of the speaker and the relationship and interaction between speaker and listener.
Origin of pragmatics:
the study of language use
The study of the use of language in a social context.