pragmatism

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈprægmətɪzəm/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈprægməˌtɪzəm/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(pragmə tiz′əm)


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
prag•ma•tism /ˈprægməˌtɪzəm/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. character or conduct that emphasizes practical results rather than principle:made her decision based more on pragmatism than on any desire to serve the people.
  2. a philosophical movement or system emphasizing practical consequences as the criterion in determining truth, meaning, or value.
prag•ma•tist, n.[countable]adj. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
prag•ma•tism  (pragmə tiz′əm),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. character or conduct that emphasizes practicality.
  2. Philosophya philosophical movement or system having various forms, but generally stressing practical consequences as constituting the essential criterion in determining meaning, truth, or value. Cf.  pragmaticism, instrumentalism. 
prag′ma•tistic, adj. 
  • pragmat(ic) + -ism 1860–65

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
pragmatism /ˈpræɡməˌtɪzəm/ n
  1. action or policy dictated by consideration of the immediate practical consequences rather than by theory or dogma
  2. the doctrine that the content of a concept consists only in its practical applicability
  3. the doctrine that truth consists not in correspondence with the facts but in successful coherence with experience

ˈpragmatist n , adj ˌpragmaˈtistic adj
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