Definitions

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  • n. One who acts in a practical or straightforward manner; one who is pragmatic; one who values practicality or pragmatism.
  • n. One who acts in response to particular situations rather than upon abstract ideals; one who is willing to ignore their ideals to accomplish goals.
  • n. One who belongs to the philosophic school of pragmatism; one who holds that the meaning of beliefs are the actions they entail, and that the truth of those beliefs consist in the actions they entail successfully leading a believer to their goals.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who is pragmatic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who is impertinently busy or meddling.
  • n. One who adheres to or professes the philosophy of pragmatism; more loosely, an opponent of rationalism and absolutism in philosophy; a supporter of the experimental method of reasoning in philosophy; a supporter of empiricism, but, unlike other empiricists, one who judges by consequences rather than by antecedents. See pragmatism, 3.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who takes a practical approach to problems and is concerned primarily with the success or failure of her actions
  • n. an adherent of philosophical pragmatism

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek πρᾶγμα (pragma, "thing"). (Wiktionary)

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