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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pragmatic sanction, pragmaticadjective

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

  2. matter-of-fact, pragmatic, pragmaticaladjective

    concerned with practical matters

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

  3. pragmatic, pragmaticaladjective

    of or concerning the theory of pragmatism

  4. hardheaded, hard-nosed, practical, pragmaticadjective

    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. pragmaticadjective

    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.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pragmaticadjective

    alt. of Pragmatical

  2. Pragmaticnoun

    one skilled in affairs

  3. Pragmaticnoun

    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.]

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  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

Examples of pragmatic in a Sentence

  1. Antjuan Seawright:

    I think there was a real conversation tonight about approach, there was an elevated effort to highlight the pragmatic versus the progressive.

  2. Kyle Ardoin:

    This is a great result for Louisiana's voters and election workers, especially those most susceptible to the COVID-19 virus, our plan serves as a pragmatic and temporary response to the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging our nation.

  3. Tom Phillips:

    The European operators are pragmatic and would prefer to get a European policy done so as not leave a vacuum for member states to fill.

  4. Paul Callan:

    If he winds up with 60 or 75 years in jail, from a pragmatic standpoint it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to retry the case, on the other hand if you're the parents of Jordan Davis and you believe, as well you should, that your son's reputation has been besmirched by this self-defense claim, the family (might) want a retrial, and that's something that a prosecutor has to consider carefully.

  5. Jason Johnson:

    This is an encouraging move. Certainly, it doesn't satisfy every concern with policing consent decrees, but an incremental move in the right direction, under Obama admin these consent decrees ballooned in scope exponentially and do a much better job at adding to monitors' personal wealth than anything else. They MUST be significantly more narrow and pragmatic to have any hope of realizing their stated goal.

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    without the natural or usual covering
    • A. denudate
    • B. transpire
    • C. efface
    • D. summon

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