pragmato-, pragmat- +
(Greek > Latin: skilled in the law; busy, skilled in business; a thing done; to do, effect, accomplish, practice)
It started in Greek with the meanings: "to do, act, perform"; then it meant "civil business, deed, act"; and into Latin as, "skilled in business or law". The meaning concerned with "practical results or values" is first recorded in the form pragmatical (1597) and later as pragmatic in 1853.
The form, "pragmatism", is a philosophy that stresses practical results.
2. The loss of the power to recognize sensory stimuli; the varieties correspond with the several senses and are distinguished as auditory, visual, olfactory, gustatory, and tactile.
2. More concerned with practical results than with theories and principles.
3. Guided by practical experience and observation rather than theory.
4. A reference to a practical point of view or to practical considerations.
2. Etymology: from Greek pragmatikos, "active"; from Latin pragmaticus, "relating to being busy".
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2. In a pragmatic way: "My teacher said that these linguistic guidelines should be applied flexibly and pragmatically."
2. The branch of semiotics that deals with the relationship between signs, especially words and other elements of language, and their users.
2. The attribute of accepting the facts of life and favoring practicality and literal truth.
3. A straightforward practical way of thinking about things or dealing with problems, concerned with results rather than with theories and principles.
4. A practical, matter-of-fact way of approaching or assessing situations or of solving problems.
5. A theory concerning the meaning of words originated by the American philosopher C. S. Pierce.
The term and basic idea was borrowed and developed by William James and John Dewey (1859-1952) to create a thoroughly Modern American Philosophy based on a theory which identified truth with the notion that whatever works is true.
2. A person who is oriented toward the success or failure of a particular line of action, thought, etc.; a practical person.