Definition of pragmatically in English:



  • 1In a sensible and realistic way that is based on practical rather than theoretical considerations.

    ‘they acted pragmatically in response to circumstances’
    • ‘"It didn't occur to me to worry that they were looking at it," she says pragmatically.’
    • ‘The response has been to think pragmatically about high-density and very high-rise housing.’
    • ‘Our goal is to help them acquire the background they need in how buildings go together pragmatically.’
    • ‘Far from being a relaxed, social occasion, the bazaar is pragmatically designed for making money.’
    • ‘She preferred not to carry a heavy backpack, and at times she pragmatically let men haul it for her.’
    • ‘Community leaders are often business people, so we approach them pragmatically.’
    • ‘Looking for alternatives to current models of online education, he rather pragmatically suggests five points on how we should proceed.’
    • ‘The gallery director is eyeing the Winter Olympics pragmatically.’
    • ‘The noted garden historian disparages landscape architects for pragmatically lacking a theoretical basis for design.’
    • ‘She moved to Raleigh, she remarried, and she had breast cancer—but she is pragmatically Zen about all of it.’
    1. 1.1 In terms of philosophical or political pragmatism.
      ‘the acceptance of an empirical belief might be pragmatically justified’
      • ‘She asks feminist and other readers of Foucault to pragmatically judge his work on what it does—that is, on the transformative impact that it has on their lives.’
      • ‘Epistemological realism is misguided theoretically and pragmatically.’
      • ‘The propriety of adopting the intentional stance towards a system is settled pragmatically in terms of the utility of its application in interacting with the system.’
      • ‘He claims he is not a Stoic while prescribing a pragmatically Stoic remedy.’
      • ‘The 'correct' standard to set for claims to knowledge is to be decided pragmatically, on grounds of practical convenience.’
      • ‘Such 'pragmatically self-verifying' propositions seem too specialized to serve as models for foundational judgements generally.’
      • ‘According to a pragmatically inspired democratic experimentalism, attempts at democratisation and reform need not wait for publics to emerge.’
      • ‘He takes the causal field to be a set of assumed conditions pragmatically superimposed on a preselective notion of connection.’
      • ‘It is causation that provides the real basis for the pragmatically selected natural kinds we attend to.’
      • ‘Is it pragmatically better to believe in God than not, insofar as theists, taken across all possible worlds, are on average better off than atheists?’