Definitions for pragmatismˈpræg məˌtɪz əm
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prag•ma•tismˈpræg məˌtɪz əm(n.)
character or conduct that emphasizes practical results or concerns rather than theory or principle.
a philosophical movement or system having various forms, but generally stressing practical consequences as constituting the essential criterion in determining meaning, truth, or value.
Origin of pragmatism:
(philosophy) the doctrine that practical consequences are the criteria of knowledge and meaning and value
the attribute of accepting the facts of life and favoring practicality and literal truth
The pursuit of practicality over aesthetic qualities; a concentration on facts rather than emotions or ideals.
The theory that political problems should be met with practical solutions rather than ideological ones.
The idea that beliefs are identified with the actions of a believer, and the truth of beliefs with success of those actions in securing a believer's goals; the doctrine that ideas must be looked at in terms of their practical effects and consequences.
Origin: From stem of πρᾶγμα + -ism.
the quality or state of being pragmatic; in literature, the pragmatic, or philosophical, method