When you practice pragmatism, you accept conditions as they are and make practical decisions. Your head is not in the clouds.

  • Pronunciation: /'prægmə'tɪzəm/
  • English description: the attribute of accepting the facts of life and favoring practicality and literal truth
  • Synonyms: realism
  • Chinese Translation:  实用主义(shi2 yong4 zhu3 yi4)
  • Spanish Translation: el pragmatismo
  • ORIGIN: If you urge your daydreaming friend to accept that life is not a fairy tale and the only way to succeed is through hard work, that's pragmatism. This is an approach based on how things are, not on how you wish they were. This also refers to a philosophical doctrine built on the idea that something can only be true if it works. If you're known for your pragmatism, then you're realistic, logical, and know how to get things done.


  • Despite the legal action, the number of outright rejectionist states is falling, and a quiet pragmatism spreading.
  • That starts with a relentless drive to differentiate the party from the Democrats, whose erstwhile obsessing over ideology has given way to pragmatism.

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