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prag·ma·tism

 (prăg′mə-tĭz′əm)
n.
1. Philosophy A movement consisting of varying but associated theories, originally developed by Charles S. Peirce and William James and distinguished by the doctrine that the meaning of an idea or a proposition lies in its observable practical consequences.
2. A practical, matter-of-fact way of approaching or assessing situations or of solving problems.

prag′ma·tist n.
prag′ma·tis′tic adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pragmatist - an adherent of philosophical pragmatism
realist - a philosopher who believes that universals are real and exist independently of anyone thinking of them
2.pragmatist - a person who takes a practical approach to problems and is concerned primarily with the success or failure of her actions
realist - a person who accepts the world as it literally is and deals with it accordingly
Translations

pragmatist

[ˈprægmətɪst] Npragmatista mf

pragmatist

[ˈprægmətɪst] npragmatiste m/f

pragmatist

nPragmatiker(in) m(f)
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