- The definition of pragmatic is practical or logical.
An example of pragmatic is a situation solved entirely by logic and reason.
- busy or active, esp. in a meddlesome way
- dogmatic; opinionated
- having to do with the affairs of a state or community
- concerned with actual practice, everyday affairs, etc., not with theory or speculation; practical
- dealing with historical facts, esp. in their causal relationship
- of or having to do with philosophical pragmatism
Origin of pragmaticClassical Latin pragmaticus, skilled in business or law ; from Classical Greek pragmatikos ; from pragma, business, origin, originally a thing done ; from prassein, to do
- Dealing or concerned with facts or actual occurrences; practical.
- Philosophy Of or relating to pragmatism.
- Linguistics Of or relating to pragmatics.
- Relating to or being the study of cause and effect in historical or political events with emphasis on the practical lessons to be learned from them.
Origin of pragmaticLatin prāgmaticus, skilled in business, from Greek prāgmatikos, from prāgma, prāgmat-, deed, from prāssein, prāg-, to do.
(comparative more pragmatic, superlative most pragmatic)
From French pragmatique, from Late Latin pragmaticus (“relating to civil affair; in Latin, as a noun, a person versed in the law who furnished arguments and points to advocates and orators, a kind of attorney”), from Ancient Greek πραγματικός (pragmatikós, “active, versed in affairs”), from πρᾶγμα (pragma, “a thing done, a fact”), in plural πράγματα (prágmata, “affairs, state affairs, public business, etc.”), from πράσσειν (prassein, “to do”) (whence English practical).