Pronunciation: (prag'mu-tiz"um), [key]
1. character or conduct that emphasizes practicality.
2. a philosophical movement or system having various forms, but generally stressing practical consequences as constituting the essential criterion in determining meaning, truth, or value. Cf. pragmaticism, instrumentalism.
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