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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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Comparatively, he is always strong, original, and, above all, practical.
I then put it to Miss Mills, to say whether she considered that there was or was not any practical merit in the suggestion I had been anxious to make, concerning the accounts, the housekeeping, and the Cookery Book?
There are perhaps few more impressive evidences of practical optimism and confidence than a new telephone exchange, with two-thirds of its wires waiting for the business of the future.
Future history resolves itself, in their eyes, into the propaganda and the practical carrying out of their social plans.
They were also impressive by their suggestion of something practical, utilitarian, and remote from sentiment.
Then the practical common sense that had been instilled into her from her earliest consciousness, even as it had been instilled into Martin, reasserted itself.
That the whole difficulty already assumes practical shape; but with added dangers, that at first I did not imagine.
This was always how Clare settled practical questions; by a sentiment which had nothing to do with them.
Van Hecke, by means of wings and paddles, obtained a vertical power that would have sufficed in most cases, but the practical results secured from these experiments have been insignificant.
What a pity it is that they do not mean anything, or do any practical good.
So the first task Pierre had to face was one for which he had very little aptitude or inclination- practical business.
Whether or not he admits their practical cogency, an attentive reader will not fail to be interested in the attempt Mr.

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