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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 or truth value 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.
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1. action or policy dictated by consideration of the immediate practical consequences rather than by theory or dogma
2. (Philosophy) philosophy
a. the doctrine that the content of a concept consists only in its practical applicability
b. the doctrine that truth consists not in correspondence with the facts but in successful coherence with experience. See also instrumentalism
ˈpragmatist n, adj
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prag•ma•tism(ˈpræg məˌtɪz əm)
1. character or conduct that emphasizes practical results or concerns rather than theory or principle.
2. a philosophical movement or system having various forms, but generally stressing practical consequences as constituting the essential criterion in determining meaning, truth, or value.
prag′ma•tist, n., adj.
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a philosophical system stressing practical consequences and values as standards by which the validity of concepts are to be determined. — pragmatist, n., adj. — pragmatistic, adj.See also: Philosophy
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An American philosophical school; the view that the meaning of things is in their practical relation to people.
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|Noun||1.||pragmatism - (philosophy) the doctrine that practical consequences are the criteria of knowledge and meaning and value|
instrumentalism - a system of pragmatic philosophy that considers idea to be instruments that should guide our actions and their value is measured by their success
philosophy - the rational investigation of questions about existence and knowledge and ethics
|2.||pragmatism - the attribute of accepting the facts of life and favoring practicality and literal truth|
practicality - concerned with actual use rather than theoretical possibilities
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pragmatism[ˈprægmətɪzəm] N → pragmatismo m
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pragmatism[ˈprægmətɪzəm] n → pragmatisme m
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n → Pragmatismus m
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pragmatism[ˈprægməˌtɪz/əm] n → pragmatismo
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