1. [syn: pragmatic sanction, pragmatic]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Pragmatic \Prag*mat"ic\, Pragmatical \Prag*mat"ic*al\, a. [L.
pragmaticus busy, active, skilled in business, especially in
law and state affairs, systematic, Gr. ?, fr. ? a thing done,
business, fr. ? to do: cf. F. pragmatique. See Practical.]
1. Of or pertaining to business or to affairs; of the nature
of business; practical; material; businesslike in habit or
The next day . . . I began to be very pragmatical.
We can not always be contemplative, diligent, or
pragmatical, abroad; but have need of some
delightful intermissions. --Milton.
Low, pragmatical, earthly views of the gospel.
2. Busy; specifically, busy in an objectionable way;
officious; fussy and positive; meddlesome. "Pragmatical
officers of justice." --Sir W. Scott.
The fellow grew so pragmatical that he took upon him
the government of my whole family. --Arbuthnot.
3. Philosophical; dealing with causes, reasons, and effects,
rather than with details and circumstances; -- said of
literature. "Pragmatic history." --Sir W. Hamilton.
"Pragmatic poetry." --M. Arnold.
Pragmatic sanction, a solemn ordinance or decree issued by
the head or legislature of a state upon weighty matters;
-- a term derived from the Byzantine empire. In European
history, two decrees under this name are particularly
celebrated. One of these, issued by Charles VII. of
France, A. D. 1438, was the foundation of the liberties of
the Gallican church; the other, issued by Charles VI. of
Germany, A. D. 1724, settled his hereditary dominions on
his eldest daughter, the Archduchess Maria Theresa.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: an imperial decree that becomes part of the fundamental law
of the land [syn: pragmatic sanction, pragmatic]
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
PRAGMATIC SANCTION, French law. This expression is used to designate those
ordinances which concern the most important object of the civil or
ecclesiastical administration. Merl. Repert, h.t.; 1 Fournel, Hist. des
Avocats, 24, 38, 39. 2. In the civil law, the answer given by the emperors
on questions of law, when consulted by a corporation or the citizens of a
province, or of a, municipality, was called a pragmatic sanction. Lecons El.
du Dr. Civ. Rom. Sec. 53. This differed from a rescript. (q.v.)