One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1with object To represent or interpret in practical, realistic, or pragmatic terms; (originally) specifically to rationalize (a myth) (now rare). Also occasionally: to realize (something) in pragmatic or concrete terms.
2no object To behave in accordance with, or give expression to, a doctrine of pragmatism; to behave, or interpret a situation, etc., pragmatically.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Thomas Keightley (1789–1872), historian and author. From ancient Greek πραγματ-, πρᾶγμα deed, act + -ize.
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