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The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

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Pragmatism definitions


  • 1. character or conduct that emphasizes practicality.
  • 2. a philosophical movement or system having various forms, but generally stressing practical consequences as constituting the essential criterion in determining meaning, truth, or value. Cf."pragmaticism, instrumentalism."
Source: The Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary Copyright 1997 by Random House Inc.


  • a practical approach to problems and affairs (tried to strike a balance between principles and pragmatism)
Source: Merriam-Webster's WWWebster Dictionary


  • a person who is oriented toward the success or failure of a particular line of action, thought, etc.; a practical person.
  • an advocate or adherent of philosophical pragmatism.
  • of, pertaining to, or characteristic of pragmatism.
Source: The Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary Copyright 1997 by Random House Inc.


  • solving problems in a way which suits the present conditions rather than obeying fixed theories, ideas or rules
  • This pragmatic approach has made it the oldest and most successful political party in the democratic world.
  • We need someone who is pragmatic rather than ideological, and can respond quickly to changing situations.
Source: Cambridge International Dictionary of English

Machiavelli and Pragmatism

Several suggestions in The Prince indicate that Machiavelli is a pragmatic person. He considers the current conditions in suggesting an appropriate solution.

He also mentions that some of his suggestions should consider the present conditions too. You should not just obey fixed theories and rules.

Princes definitely must be pragmatic in dealing with the day-to-day ruling of a principality.

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