1 Dealing with things sensibly and realistically in a way that is based on practical rather than theoretical considerations.
1.1 Relating to philosophical or political pragmatism.
1.2 Linguistics Relating to pragmatics.
Late 16th century (in the senses ‘busy, interfering, conceited’): via Latin from Greek pragmatikos ‘relating to fact’, from pragma ‘deed’ (from the stem of prattein ‘do’). The current senses date from the mid 19th century.
Joe understood his origins as a naked ape, but he put on shoes every morning, taking the pragmatic view that his feet would be more comfortable on today’s concrete pathways through his “jungle”.