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pragmatist (noun) practical person
A pragmatist is a practical person who tries to deal with problems in a practical manner than with the help of theories and ideals. You are a pragmatist if you are pragmatic, that is, if you look for solving a problem as the situation demands rather than rely on theories and ideals.
- Though communists, Chinese leaders are pragmatists in their handling economic problems. They do not blindly follow Marxist philosophy unlike the Soviet Union, before its break up.
- The pragmatist that he is, he goes by the reality of the situation rather than by his ideals and theories. That is the secret of his success.