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  • n. A compiler directive; data embedded in source code by programmers to indicate some intention to the compiler.


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From the Ancient Greek root πρᾶγμα (pragma, "a thing done, a fact"). May be a back-formation from pragmatic.


  • That simplifies your job: Instead of calling into the operating system to create a critical section, you just throw in a pragma (like so: #pragma omp critical) before the line that is to be a critical section.

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  • If you like to keep the code the way it is and supress the warning, you can use the preprocessor and a pragma directive: if (CACHEABLE) #pragma warning restore

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  • Americans like myself tend to respond to Dutch pragma-dialectics with a bit of bemusement – that the work is interesting to think about, but that their ideal speech act looks like nothing we have ever encountered in our daily lives, and it most certainly looks nothing like an open forum.

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  • What about something like a #pragma preprocessor that would involve a string so that when the user uploaded the code to LP, LP would recognize it and enable Rosetta translations automatically?

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  • One day I hope to talk of pragma — ideas held loosely and tentatively.

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  • ORIGIN mid 19th cent.: from Greek pragma, pragmat- ‘deed’ see pragmatic + -ism .

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  • But in the pragma what formal cause made a smile of that to-think?

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  • And most pragma - tists are, in addition, haunted by the fear that concern with “otherworldly” things will interfere with the task of improving the conditions of existence here and now.


  • (Duguit) but even individualism (Laski), while Protag - orean humanism and some correlative forms of pragma - tism permit freedoms in choices almost without stint.


  • Vailati saw three intimate relations between pragma - tism and symbolic or mathematical logic; symptomatic of this close connection, he said, “is the fact that the very inaugurator of the term and conception of pragmatism, Charles S. Peirce, is also at the same time the initiator and promoter of an original direction of logico-mathematical studies” (Vailati [1957], p. 197).



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  • Ancient Greek

    longstanding love; Marriage love.

    "Another Greek love was the mature love known as pragma. This was the deep understanding that developed between long-married couples.

    Pragma was about making compromises to help the relationship work over time, and showing patience and tolerance.

    The psychoanalyst Erich Fromm said that we expend too much energy on "falling in love" and need to learn more how to "stand in love." Pragma is precisely about standing in love—making an effort to give love rather than just receive it. With about a third of first marriages in the U.S. ending through divorce or separation in the first 10 years, the Greeks would surely think we should bring a serious dose of pragma into our relationships."

    January 15, 2018