What does pragmatic mean?

Definitions for pragmatic

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word pragmatic.

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. Steve Hilton:

    His kind of pragmatic, problem-solving leadership is exactly what London needs.

  2. Adds Senator Hoeven:

    My opinion is the new government coming in is looking at this as a pragmatic way of handling it.

  3. Philip Balboni:

    There is really no pragmatic way for families, most families, to raise the enormous sums required to pay a ransom.

  4. Dick Harpootlian:

    I don't believe he is evaluating the poll numbers or pragmatic political issues, he's evaluating where he is emotionally.

  5. Chief Executive Vittorio Colao:

    Every market is different, we are very pragmatic, we do whatever it takes to give better services and have better returns.

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