pragmatic | pragmatism | pragmatist

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dealing with problems in a sensible, practical way

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pragmatic - sensible

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If you are ‘pragmatic’, you take a realistic (rather than idealistic) approach to solving an issue. This is done by judging things as they actually are, not as they ought to be, and by not rigidly obeying fixed theories, ideas, or rules.

Synonyms practical,realistic
Antonyms impractical,sentimental

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  1. We seemed more concerned with not hurting people’s feelings than getting to the route of the problem. We need to take a more pragmatic approach.

  2. If we want to succeed, we must find a way of balancing innovative ideas with pragmatism.

  3. The politician is a pragmatist, so she judges each issue on its own merits rather than simply following her own party’s line.

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