Pragmatism is a philosophical tradition that began in the United States around 1870. Its origins are often attributed to the philosophers William James, John Dewey, and Charles Sanders Peirce. Peirce later described it in his pragmatic maxim: "Consider the practical effects of the objects of your conception. Then, your conception of those effects is the whole of your conception of the object."
Pragmatism considers thought as an instrument or tool for prediction, problem solving and action, and rejects the idea that the function of thought is to describe, represent, or mirror reality. Pragmatists contend that most philosophical topics—such as the nature of knowledge, language, concepts, meaning, belief, and science—are all best viewed in terms of their practical uses and successes. The philosophy of pragmatism "emphasizes the practical application of ideas by acting on them to actually test them in human experiences". Pragmatism focuses on a "changing universe rather than an unchanging one as the Idealists, Realists and Thomists had claimed".
Expressed or represented as being accurate, practicable, or not idealistic.
"A realistic appraisal of the situation."
Relating to the representation of objects, actions or conditions as they actually are or were.
"A realistic novel about the Victorian poor."
A part of an exam or series of exams in which the candidate has to demonstrate their practical ability
Based on practice or action rather than theory or hypothesis
"Jack didn't get an engineering degree, but has practical knowledge of metalworking."
Being likely to be effective and applicable to a real situation; able to be put to use
"Jack's knowledge has the practical benefit of giving us useful prototype parts."
Of a person, having skills or knowledge that are practical
"All in all, Jack's a very practical chap."
having or showing a sensible and practical idea of what can be achieved or expected
"I thought we had a realistic chance of winning"
representing things in a way that is accurate and true to life
"a realistic human drama"
of or concerned with the actual doing or use of something rather than with theory and ideas
"there are two obvious practical applications of the research"
(of an idea, plan, or method) likely to succeed or be effective in real circumstances; feasible
"neither of these strategies are practical for smaller businesses"
suitable for a particular purpose
"a practical, stylish kitchen"
(of a person) sensible and realistic in their approach to a situation or problem
"I'm merely being practical—we must find a ground-floor flat"
(of a person) skilled at manual tasks
"Steve'll fix it—he's quite practical"
so nearly the case that it can be regarded as so; virtual
"for all practical purposes, she's his girlfriend"
an examination or lesson in which theories and procedures learned are applied to the actual making or doing of something.
Of or pertaining to the realists; in the manner of the realists; characterized by realism rather than by imagination.
Of or pertaining to practice or action.
Capable of being turned to use or account; useful, in distinction from ideal or theoretical; as, practical chemistry.
Evincing practice or skill; capable of applying knowledge to some useful end; as, a practical man; a practical mind.
Derived from practice; as, practical skill.
aware or expressing awareness of things as they really are;
"a realistic description"
"a realistic view of the possibilities"
"a realistic appraisal of our chances"
"the actors tried to create a realistic portrayal of the Africans"
representing what is real; not abstract or ideal;
"a realistic novel"
"in naturalistic colors"
"the school of naturalistic writers"
of or relating to the philosophical doctrine of realism;
"a realistic system of thought"
concerned with actual use or practice;
"he is a very practical person"
"the idea had no practical application"
"a practical knowledge of Japanese"
"woodworking is a practical art"
guided by practical experience and observation rather than theory;
"a hardheaded appraisal of our position"
"a hard-nosed labor leader"
"completely practical in his approach to business"
"not ideology but pragmatic politics"
being actually such in almost every respect;
"a practical failure"
"the once elegant temple lay in virtual ruin"
having or put to a practical purpose or use;
"practical applications of calculus"