Definition of pragmatics noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

pragmatics

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NAmE//præɡˈmæt̮ɪks//
 
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the study of the way in which language is used to express what someone really means in particular situations, especially when the actual words used may appear to mean something different
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: pragmatics