Definition of pragmatism noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈpræɡmətɪzəm//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpræɡmətɪzəm//
[uncountable] (formal)
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thinking about solving problems in a practical and sensible way rather than by having fixed ideas and theories The claims were based on reason, pragmatism and common sense. Word Originmid 19th cent.: from Greek pragma, pragmat- ‘deed’ (see pragmatic) + -ism.Extra examples The new government needs pragmatism, not some vague ideology. Their policy was based on economic pragmatism. There is something of a divide between principle and pragmatism.
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