pragmatic (adj.)

1610s, "meddlesome, impertinently busy," short for earlier pragmatical, or else from French pragmatique (15c.), from Latin pragmaticus "skilled in business or law," from Greek pragmatikos "fit for business, active, business-like; systematic," from pragma (genitive pragmatos) "a deed, act; that which has been done; a thing, matter, affair," especially an important one; also a euphemism for something bad or disgraceful; in plural, "circumstances, affairs" (public or private, often in a bad sense, "trouble"), literally "a thing done," from stem of prassein/prattein "to do, act, perform" (see practical).

From 1640s as "relating to the affairs of a state or community." Meaning "matter-of-fact, treating facts systematically and practically" is from 1853 (Matthew Arnold). In some later senses from German pragmatisch.

Definitions of pragmatic
pragmatic (adj.)
concerned with practical matters;
a matter-of-fact (or pragmatic) approach to the problem
pragmatic (adj.)
of or concerning the theory of pragmatism;
Synonyms: pragmatical
pragmatic (adj.)
guided by practical experience and observation rather than theory;
not ideology but pragmatic politics
Synonyms: hardheaded / hard-nosed / practical
pragmatic (n.)
an imperial decree that becomes part of the fundamental law of the land;
Synonyms: pragmatic sanction