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pragmatic

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Definition concerned with practical matters — especially where quick results and/or practical experience triumph over theory
  • She is a pragmatic problem solver.
pragmatic = practical
  • She campaigned at a consensus-building pragmatist.
  • pragmatist = someone who is practical
  • Successful politicians are pragmatists. Compromise is built into the system.
  • pragmatists = people who are practical
  • ...has gone out of its way to project an image as a pragmatic, pro-Western and free-market exception in a region often bristling with hostility to America.
    James K. Glassman  --  Threats to Security, Threats to Economy  --  http://www.aei.org/publications/filter.all,pubID.23969/pub_detail.asp (retrieved 06/29/06)
  • Pragmatism was meant to be the last philosophy by eliminating the claim to authority within politics of any kind of philosophy, of any doctrine labeled "natural" with a capital N.
    James W. Ceaser  --  Toward a New Public Philosophy  --  http://www.aei.org/publications/pubID.10141,filter.all/pub_detail.asp (retrieved 06/29/06)
  • A theoretician, a pragmatist, Doc Peret believed deeply in science. ... "The main thing," Doc once said, "is to find what works. That's real science—what works."
    Tim O'Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • pragmatist = someone concerned with practical matters
  • If the goal of visionaries is to make a quantum leap forward, the goal of pragmatists is to make a percentage improvement — incremental, measurable, predictable progress.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • pragmatists = concerned with practical matters — especially where experience triumphs over theory
  • John Rimbauer ... is a pragmatic man (which possibly accounts for his success in the oil business),
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • pragmatic = concerned with practical matters
  • She said this in a pragmatic, almost indifferent, tone, and Mariam understood that this was a woman far past outrage.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • pragmatic = practical (without concern for niceties)
  • The strongest argument we can make to leaders of poor countries is not a moral one but a pragmatic one:
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • pragmatic = concerned with practical matters
  • But I am not surrendering to fate here, I am being pragmatic.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • pragmatic = practical
  • She knew his image...cool, distant, pragmatic.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • pragmatic = concerned with practical matters
  • Dick's literalness, his pragmatic approach to every subject, was the primary reason Perry had been attracted to him, for it made Dick seem, compared to himself, so authentically tough, invulnerable, "totally masculine."
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • pragmatic = concerned with practical matters (as compared to concern with theory or beauty)
  • "He's cunning, brutal, and greedy, but he's also pragmatic. ... A tyrant like Prusias doesn't really care why you obey him; he only cares that you obey. But Astaroth is a fanatic. He wants true believers who share his ideals."
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • pragmatic = concerned with practical matters
  • "I still don't understand why you don't just go to her family?" asks Kim, pragmatic as ever. ... But I also know that sometimes Adam needs to do things the dramatic way. He is fond of the Grand Gesture. Like saving up two weeks of pizza-delivery tips to take me to Yo-Yo Ma instead of just asking me out on a regular date.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • pragmatic = practical
  • The Reverend failed to notice that every churchgoing family whose children were struck hard with the kakakaka quietly removed themselves back to ancestor worship, while a few of the heathen families that were hard hit quietly came and tried out Christianity. While it makes perfect sense to me, this pragmatic view of religion escapes the Reverend utterly.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • pragmatic = concerned with practical matters
  • Yet somehow in his mouth they did not seem dishonorable, but just and inspired and wisely pragmatic.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • pragmatic = practical
  • There was a single car in the clinic parking lot, the nurse's powder-blue Fairlane, conservative and pragmatic and newer than his own.
    Kim Edwards  --  The Memory Keeper's Daughter
  • pragmatic = practical
  • And for some reason she mourned his passing. Root was more pragmatic.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • pragmatic = concerned with practical matters
  • The pragmatic, prim mistress that my mother had always been was gone.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
pragmatic = concerned with practical matters

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