Instrumentalism meaning

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A pragmatic theory that ideas are instruments that function as guides of action, their validity being determined by the success of the action.
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The pragmatic doctrine that ideas are plans for action serving as instruments to alter the environment, and that their validity is tested by their effectiveness.
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(philosophy) In the philosophy of science, the view that concepts and theories are merely useful instruments whose worth is measured not by whether the concepts and theories are true or false (correctly depict reality), but how effective they are in explaining and predicting phenomena.
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