WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020 prag•ma•tism /ˈprægməˌtɪzəm/USA pronunciation
n. [uncountable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
prag•ma•tist, n.[countable], adj.
- 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.
- a philosophical movement or system emphasizing practical consequences as the criterion in determining truth, meaning, or value.
(prag′mə tiz′əm),USA pronunciation n.
- character or conduct that emphasizes practicality.
- 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.
- pragmat(ic) + -ism 1860–65
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
pragmatism /ˈpræɡməˌtɪzəm/ n
ˈpragmatist n , adj ˌpragmaˈtistic adj
- action or policy dictated by consideration of the immediate practical consequences rather than by theory or dogma
- the doctrine that the content of a concept consists only in its practical applicability
- the doctrine that truth consists not in correspondence with the facts but in successful coherence with experience
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