One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A pragmatic attitude or policy.‘ideology was tempered with pragmatism’
expediency, exploitation, taking advantage, machiavellianism, manoeuvring, realism, unscrupulousnessView synonyms
- ‘For a government that prides itself on pragmatism and prudence, this is a policy that astonishes in its fecklessness and recklessness.’
- ‘Such apparent political pragmatism worries many, because of the dangerous precedent it sets.’
- ‘He has handled the situation practically and with pragmatism and common sense.’
- ‘I admire their idealism, but wish it could be tempered with a little pragmatism, and also that their science was more sound.’
- ‘In foreign policy, he combined a high degree of pragmatism with nationalism.’
- ‘But the party realises that pragmatism rather than dogmatism is required if it is to make headway in a deeply divided polity.’
- ‘Fortunately, democratic politics normally are characterized by pragmatism and compromise, not ideology.’
- ‘Having developed the capacity to play some breathtaking rugby, we have sometimes failed to serve this captivating dish with a side order of pragmatism.’
- ‘Well, commerce has inspired a degree of pragmatism.’
- ‘In football, pragmatism usually triumphs over romance.’
- ‘At the same time, however, he has shown himself capable of pragmatism.’
- ‘Since you temper your gut instincts with pragmatism and cool thought, trusting them is usually a safe bet.’
- ‘In doing so he echoes the humanist pragmatism of Florentine practical mathematics a century before.’
- ‘The peculiar ethic which they have evolved for themselves embraces a perfectly elastic system with lots of emphasis on pragmatism.’
- ‘But by Thursday morning a note of pragmatism had crept in.’
- ‘This is indicative of the sentiment-eschewing pragmatism that has been characteristic of a driven performer.’
- ‘Is it the pursuit of perfection, a realisation of pragmatism, the search for the divine or perhaps baser instincts which drive us into wanting someone?’
- ‘His presumed pragmatism upholds the status quo by ridiculing the relative few who dare to challenge it.’
- ‘Underpinning his work is a ruthless pragmatism that many a maestro could learn from.’
- ‘This was not Utopia; it was merely hard-headed pragmatism shorn of illusion.’
An approach that assesses the truth of meaning of theories or beliefs in terms of the success of their practical application.
common sense, sense, realism, matter-of-factnessView synonyms
- ‘The primacy of the practical is what links American pragmatism and Heidegger's hermeneutic phenomenology.’
- ‘The alternative to pragmatism is epistemological realism.’
- ‘Nor does he think that philosophical pragmatism has much to contribute to legal thought.’
- ‘She does not often provide explicit details about how such a " philosophical pragmatism " might benefit feminism.’
- ‘In such formulations, there are striking similarities between Critical Theory and American pragmatism.’
Mid 19th century: from Greek pragma, pragmat- ‘deed’ (see pragmatic) + -ism.
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