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pragmatism

noun [U] uk   /ˈpræɡ.mə.tɪ.zəm/ us  
the quality of dealing with a problem in a sensible way that suits the conditions that really exist, rather than following fixed theories, ideas, or rules: The council has operated much more effectively since pragmatism replaced political dogma.
pragmatist
noun [C] uk   /-tɪst/ us  
She rose to power by being a political pragmatist who took advantage of every opportunity.
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