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A directive inserted into a computer program to prevent the automatic execution of certain error checking and reporting routines which are no longer necessary when the program has been perfected.
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(pragmatic information) A standardised form of comment which has meaning to a compiler. It may use a special syntax or a specific form within the normal comment syntax. A pragma usually conveys non-essential information, often intended to help the compiler to optimise the program.
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pragmaA message written into the source code that tells the compiler to compile the program in some fashion that differs from the default method. For example, pragmas may alter the kinds of error messages that are generated or optimize the machine code in some way. See compiler directive.
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