from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who derives his knowledge from or relies upon experience or practice; an empiric.
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She tells the men she meets she is "practicalist" rather than a "situationalist" - yet another empty reference to intellectual discourse.
I'm not a practicalist, I don't use things only because they're a good technically, they have to pass my political and social tests for me to accept and support them.
Luckily, I'm 90\% resourceful, creative optimist (and kooky, neurotic practicalist-if-that's-a-word for the other ten).