also pragmatical adjective Etymology: Latin pragmaticus skilled in law or business, from Greek pragmatikos, from pragmat-, pragma deed, from prassein to do — more at practical Date: 1616 1. archaic a. (1) busy (2) officious b. opinionated 2. relating to matters of fact or practical affairs often to the exclusion of intellectual or artistic matters ; practical as opposed to idealistic <
pragmatic men of power have had no time or inclination to deal with…social morality — K. B. Clark
3. relating to or being in accordance with philosophical pragmatism • pragmatic nounpragmatically adverb

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