Definition of pragmatic adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//præɡˈmætɪk//
; NAmE NAmE//præɡˈmætɪk//
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solving problems in a practical and sensible way rather than by having fixed ideas or theories synonym realistic a pragmatic approach to management problems Word Originlate 16th cent. (in the senses ‘busy, interfering, conceited’): via Latin from Greek pragmatikos ‘relating to fact’, from pragma ‘deed’ (from the stem of prattein ‘do’). The current senses date from the mid 19th cent.Extra examples They’re pragmatic about the spending cuts. We must be ruthlessly pragmatic and intensely focused. We take a pragmatic approach to management problems. a pragmatic response/​solution/​approach/​attitude
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