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- In ordinary usage, pragmatism refers to behavior which temporarily sets aside a more minor ideal to achieve some higher ideal.
- A 17th century usage of the term pragmatist has it referring to a person who meddles in the affairs of others, in brief, a busybody (OED).
- In philosophy, the term pragmatism has a number of technical meanings that are only incidentaly related to its ordinary usage. The philosophic school of pragmatism founded by Charles Peirce originated in the U.S. in the 1870s.
- Pragmatic maxim
- Pragmatic theory of truth
- Pragmaticism (Peirce's reform movement)
- Pragmatism (Assorted philosophical schools)