What is pragmatic?

  • (adj): Guided by practical experience and observation rather than theory.
    Example: "Not ideology but pragmatic politics"
    Synonyms: hardheaded, hard-nosed, practical
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More definitions of "pragmatic":

  • (adj): Of or concerning the theory of pragmatism.
    Synonyms: pragmatical

Famous quotes containing the word pragmatic:

    Even if matter could do every outward thing that God does, the idea of it would not work as satisfactorily, because the chief call for a God on modern men’s part is for a being who will inwardly recognize them and judge them sympathetically. Matter disappoints this craving of our ego, so God remains for most men the truer hypothesis, and indeed remains so for definite pragmatic reasons.
    William James (1842–1910)

    Man is by nature a pragmatic materialist, a mechanic, a lover of gadgets and gadgetry; and these are qualities that characterize the “establishment” which regulates modern society: pragmatism, materialism, mechanization, and gadgetry. Woman, on the other hand, is a practical idealist, a humanitarian with a strong sense of noblesse oblige, an altruist rather than a capitalist.
    Elizabeth Gould Davis (b. 1910)

    Only the more uncompromising of the mystics still seek for knowledge in a silent land of absolute intuition, where the intellect finally lays down its conceptual tools, and rests from its pragmatic labors, while its works do not follow it, but are simply forgotten, and are as if they never had been.
    Josiah Royce (1855–1916)