, pl -nia
) or -niums
1. (Theatre) the arch or opening separating the stage from the auditorium together with the area immediately in front of the arch
2. (Historical Terms) (in ancient theatres) the stage itself
[C17: via Latin from Greek proskēnion, from pro- before + skēnē scene]
1. Dealing or concerned with facts or actual occurrences; practical.
2. Philosophy Of or relating to pragmatism.
3. Linguistics Of or relating to pragmatics.
4. Relating to or being the study of cause and effect in historical or political events with emphasis on the practical lessons to be learned from them.
[Latin prāgmaticus, skilled in business, from Greek prāgmatikos, from prāgma, prāgmat-, deed, from prāssein, prāg-, to do.]
(prĭ-pŏn′dər-əns) also pre·pon·der·an·cy (-ən-sē)
Superiority in weight, force, importance, or influence.
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the quality of being greater in weight, force, influence, etc: the preponderance of right-handed people.