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prag·ma·tism

(prag'mă-tizm),
A philosophy emphasizing practical applications and consequences of beliefs and theories, that the meaning of ideas or things is determined by the testability of the idea in real life.
[G. pragma (pragmat-), thing done]

pragmatism

[prag′mətiz′əm]
Etymology: Gk, pragma, deed
a philosophy concerned with actual practice and practical results as opposed to theory and speculation.

prag·ma·tism

(prag'mă-tizm)
A philosophy emphasizing practical applications and consequences of beliefs and theories; that the meaning of ideas or things is determined by the testability of the idea in real life.
[G. pragma (pragmat-), thing done]

pragmatism

1. Action determined by the need to respond to immediate necessity or to achieve a particular practical result, rather than by established policy or dogma.
2. The philosophic principle that the truth and meaning of an idea is entirely relative to its practical outcome.
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Whenever it was practicable, the night encampment was on some island in the center of the stream.
As for the first, which was so vastly big, for I made it without considering beforehand, as I ought to have done, how I should be able to launch it, so, never being able to bring it into the water, or bring the water to it, I was obliged to let it lie where it was as a memorandum to teach me to be wiser the next time: indeed, the next time, though I could not get a tree proper for it, and was in a place where I could not get the water to it at any less distance than, as I have said, near half a mile, yet, as I saw it was practicable at last, I never gave it over; and though I was near two years about it, yet I never grudged my labour, in hopes of having a boat to go off to sea at last.
I would have been very glad to have had my boat again on my side of the island; but I knew not how it was practicable to get it about.
are expected to be paid on or as soon as practicable after 8 June 2015.
He said : "A practicable progrmame should also be devised for the provision of solar home solution to low-income families.
Clearing Coogan, chairman of the bench Anthony Rosenfield said: 'We are satisfied in the circumstances you provided all information as soon as was reasonably practicable.
The so-called top judge, Mr Justice Burnett, who ruled against the widow and said it would not have been reasonably practicable to fit a bulletproof windscreen, should be ashamed of himself.
The alternate employment should be, 'as far as reasonably practicable, the same as, or equivalent to, the employment in which the worker was at the time of the injury'.
Our responsibility as long-term care providers is to return the resident to the highest practicable level of functioning.
Kenneth William Szymik, 18, of Colchester Road, Stockton, banned from driving for 12 months and fined pounds 300 for careless driving, failing to stop after an accident, failing to report an accident as soon as was practicable, driving without an appropriate licence and using a vehicle without insurance.
The charge under Section 38 of the Terrorism Act alleges that "having information that he knew or believed might be of material assistance in securing the apprehension, prosecution or conviction of another person in the UK for an offence involving the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism" he failed to disclose that information "as soon as reasonably practicable to a constable".
The FCMA stipulates that, when submitting the list, the governor must, "to the extent practicable," consult with "representatives of the commercial and recreational fishing interests of the State"; and, when selecting voting members from the list, the Secretary of Commerce must, "to the extent practicable, ensure a fair and balanced apportionment, on a rotating or other basis, of the active participants (or their representatives) in the commercial and recreational fisheries.