from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Dealing or concerned with facts or actual occurrences; practical.
- adj. Philosophy Of or relating to pragmatism.
- adj. Relating to or being the study of cause and effect in historical or political events with emphasis on the practical lessons to be learned from them.
- adj. Archaic Active; busy.
- adj. Archaic Active in an officious or meddlesome way.
- adj. Archaic Dogmatic; dictatorial.
- n. A pragmatic sanction.
- n. Archaic A meddler; a busybody.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Practical, concerned with making decisions and actions that are useful in practice, not just theory
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to business or to affairs; of the nature of business; practical; material; businesslike in habit or manner.
- adj. Busy; specifically, busy in an objectionable way; officious; fussy and positive; meddlesome.
- adj. Philosophical; dealing with causes, reasons, and effects, rather than with details and circumstances; -- said of literature.
- n. One skilled in affairs.
- n. A solemn public ordinance or decree.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Relating to civil affairs; relating or pertaining to the affairs of a community. See pragmatic sanction, below.
- Same as pragmatical, in any sense.
- In the Kantian philos, practical in a particular way—namely, having reference to happiness.—
- n. A man of business; one who is versed or active in affairs.
- n. A busybody; a meddlesome person.
- n. A decree or ordinance issued by the head of a state.
- n. A term used (by Kant) to denote rules of action (otherwise denominated ‘counsels of prudence’) which have to do with the attainment of happiness. As used by him, it is antithetic to the term ‘practical,’ which refers to principles of action (otherwise called ‘categorical imperatives’) which have to do with the attainment of virtue.
- n. Having to do with pragmatism as a philosophy: as, the pragmatic movement; pragmatic thought. See pragmatism, 3.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. concerned with practical matters
- adj. guided by practical experience and observation rather than theory
- n. an imperial decree that becomes part of the fundamental law of the land
- adj. of or concerning the theory of pragmatism
Latin prāgmaticus, skilled in business, from Greek prāgmatikos, from prāgma, prāgmat-, deed, from prāssein, prāg-, to do.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French pragmatique, from Late Latin pragmaticus ("relating to civil affair; in Latin, as a noun, a person versed in the law who furnished arguments and points to advocates and orators, a kind of attorney"), from Ancient Greek πραγματικός (pragmatikós, "active, versed in affairs"), from πρᾶγμα (pragma, "a thing done, a fact"), in plural πράγματα (prágmata, "affairs, state affairs, public business, etc."), from πράσσειν (prassein, "to do") (whence English practical). (Wiktionary)