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EtymologyEdit

From Ancient Greek πρᾶγμα (prâgma, thing).

NounEdit

pragmatist (plural pragmatists)

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
    • 2007, John Lachs and Robert Talisse, American Philosophy: An Encyclopedia, p. 310.
      [S]ome pragmatists (such as William James) took a more pantheist or pandeist approach by rejecting views of God as separate from the world.
  4. (politics) An advocate of pragmatism.
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pragmatist (comparative more pragmatist, superlative most pragmatist)

  1. (politics) Advocating pragmatism.
    • 2013, John Wright, Access to History for the IB Diploma: The Second World War and the Americas[1], Hodder Education, ISBN 9781444156584:
      Historians also suggest that Roosevelt was a pragmatist in foreign affairs, in that his policies were determined by practical consequences rather than by any philosophy.

RomanianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowing from French pragmatisme.

NounEdit

pragmatist m (plural pragmatiști)

  1. pragmatist

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