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pragmatic (adj.)

1610s, "meddlesome, impertinently busy," short for earlier pragmatical, or else from Middle 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). Meaning "matter-of-fact" is from 1853. In some later senses from German pragmatisch.

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Definitions of pragmatic from WordNet
1
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
2
pragmatic (n.)
an imperial decree that becomes part of the fundamental law of the land;
Synonyms: pragmatic sanction
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