- The definition of a pragmatist is a realistic who looks at things logically and takes the logical approach.
A realist who is neither an optimist nor a pessimistwho examines situations objectively and assess them realistically is an example of someone who is apragmatist.
- One who acts in a practical or straightforward manner; one who is pragmatic; one who values practicality or pragmatism.
- A pragmatist would never plant such a messy tree, but I like its flowers.
- One who acts in response to particular situations rather than upon abstract ideals; one who is willing to ignore their ideals to accomplish goals.
- I'm not a thief, I am a pragmatist. I need this bread to feed my family.
- We cannot trust him not to lie for his own gain, he's an opportunist and a pragmatist.
- One who belongs to the philosophic school of pragmatism; one who holds that the meaning of beliefs are the actions they entail, and that the truth of those beliefs consist in the actions they entail successfully leading a believer to their goals.
From Ancient Greek πρᾶγμα (pragma, “thing”).
Variant 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