dealing with things sensibly and realistically in a way that is based on practical rather than theoretical considerations.
a pragmatic approach to politics
sinonim: practical, matter-of-fact, sensible, down-to-earth, commonsensical, businesslike, having both/one’s feet on the ground, hardheaded, no-nonsense, hard-nosed
- practical, matter-of-fact, sensible, down-to-earth, commonsensical, businesslike, having both/one’s feet on the ground, hardheaded, no-nonsense, hard-nosed
- matter-of-fact, pragmatical
- hardheaded, practical, hard-nosed
- pragmatic sanction
All three authors point out that as a composer Stravinsky was very pragmatic .
He was highly practical and would come up with pragmatic solutions on various issues.
But for all his intellectual gifts, his kingship was essentially pragmatic .
This is how what linguists term pragmatic markers have arisen in languages worldwide.
Another aspect to this pragmatic understanding of American federalism is apparent in times of national crisis.
I know I am recommending a pragmatic rather than a principled stand, but that is what national interest and foreign policy is all about.
The lesson has certainly helped me rethink my politics and become more pragmatic and realistic in terms of our own struggle.
The whirlwind tour was meant to humanize the low-cost leviathan so often depicted as self-serving and ruthlessly pragmatic .
This leaves us with the realists, who come across as sensible, pragmatic moderates.
I discuss in relation to cross-cultural spoken and written data two such features, and argue that they may well lead to some form of pragmatic failure.
Twinned to his pragmatic , populist social democracy has been a maddening Trotskyite temperament.
Furthermore, they generate the same pragmatic implicatures.
Thus his apparent liberality on this question rested on pragmatic considerations rather than on principle.
But the decisions about whether or not to do them would be ruthlessly pragmatic : Would it work?
Unfortunately, while it is eminently pragmatic , that doesn’t mean that it’s actually morally right.
They are doing the right thing for once, so I’m not going to knock them because their reasons arepragmatic rather than ideological.
But these pragmatic matters have nothing to do with fundamental determinism.
Or maybe he was never as pragmatic as I had given him credit for being.
All pragmatic or practical considerations have been set aside: the only question at issue is whether his beliefs about the world are true.
On the contrary, syntax is indispensable for a pragmatic language and pragmatics is indispensable for a syntactic language.
The contextualist / pragmatic outlook provokes anxieties of its own.
It favors pragmatic solutions over political partisanship and centrist positions over extreme ideology.
But some pragmatic strategists fear that his voting record in Congress may be a bit too liberal.
Indeed, for a pragmatic libertarian, the political landscape out there is pretty depressing at the moment.
As a philosopher, he was known for offering a commonsense, pragmatic approach to those theoretical issues that he knew required clarity.
As I read history, most of the founders were sensible and pragmatic men rather than visionary idealists.
He saw the pragmatic account of meaning as a method for clearing up metaphysics and aiding scientific inquiry.
However, the spokesperson said the board would take a practical and pragmatic approach to prosecutions.
This policy was based on two pragmatic considerations, and no guerilla organisation would overlook these.
Nationalist fundamentalism as a basis for French policy gave way to pragmatic intergovernmentalism.