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noun as in practical person

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Being a pragmatist and former regulator, though, I believe we need to know exactly what such regulations would provide.

From Time

This provisional government was made up of western-educated pragmatists who knew better than to allow a band of radicals, despite their great appeal and influence among the youth, take charge of the country.

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Destined neither for pragmatists nor for wallflowers, his designs were all about making a big entrance — sometimes very literally.

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She’s a lightning rod, and she’s running against low-key Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush, a former county commissioner and state House representative from Steamboat Springs, who is known as a pragmatist and an environmentalist.

She’s dedicated and embraces bold ideas, and as a creative pragmatist, she’s grounded in the reality of the steps to deliver those ideas.

Barack Obama, running as a conciliatory pragmatist in 2008, did even better with some 50 percent.

A pragmatist and a moderate, she serves as a role model for other Blue Dog women running for election in Red states.

In a flash, the 2016 contender has seen his reputation slide from straight-talking pragmatist to partisan bully.

He's a conservative, but not a purist; he's a conviction politician—and a pragmatist too.

He was also known as a charismatic pragmatist—a “people person”—who was open to the ideas of others.

The pragmatist tells a man to think what he must think and never mind the Absolute.

Without being able to define, or spell, or even pronounce the term, Sergeant Williamson was a strict pragmatist.

Now the principle of the pragmatist is that anything that does not make any difference to anything else is not real.

The pragmatic mode of thinking is practically universal among scientific men, but Ostwald is an extreme pragmatist.

He is a firm Pragmatist—anything that is useful is all right, anything that is useless is a crime.


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On this page you'll find 7 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to pragmatist, such as: hoper, optimist, positive thinker, rationalist, realist, and cynic.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.