Welcome to the Voice of America's "News Words," where we teach you about words in the news.
Listen to this U.S. political expert. He is talking about mistakes conservative Republicans made in 2013 during the Virginia state governor's race.
They were seen as irresponsible, as willing to endanger the country's present and future because of rigid ideology. That doesn't sell in America. We are a very pragmatic country.
Pragmatic. This word means to be reasonable. In our story, the professor means that Americans would rather be realistic than support political ideas that might not work.
Now, the next time you hear "pragmatic," your American English will be good enough to know what this word means.