- Pragmatism is defined as an approach to things that focuses on the practical or logical response.
Addressing problems logically and practically is an example of pragmatism.
- the quality or condition of being pragmatic
- ☆ a method or tendency in philosophy, started by C. S. Peirce and William James, which determines the meaning and truth of all concepts by their practical consequences
- Philosophy A movement consisting of varying but associated theories, originally developed by Charles S. Peirce and William James and distinguished by the doctrine that the meaning of an idea or a proposition lies in its observable practical consequences.
- A practical, matter-of-fact way of approaching or assessing situations or of solving problems.
(countable and uncountable, plural pragmatisms)
- The pursuit of practicality over aesthetic qualities; a concentration on facts rather than emotions or ideals.
- (politics) The theory that political problems should be met with practical solutions rather than ideological ones.
- (philosophy) The idea that beliefs are identified with the actions of a believer, and the truth of beliefs with success of those actions in securing a believer's goals; the doctrine that ideas must be looked at in terms of their practical effects and consequences.
From Ancient Greek stem of πρᾶγμα (pragma, “act”) + -ism.