irreducible

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adjective ir·re·duc·ible \ˌir-i-ˈdü-sə-bəl, -ˈdyü-\

Definition of irreducible

  1. 1 :  impossible to transform into or restore to a desired or simpler condition <an irreducible matrix>; specifically :  incapable of being factored into polynomials of lower degree with coefficients in some given field (as the rational numbers) or integral domain (as the integers) <an irreducible equation>

  2. 2 :  impossible to make less or smaller <an irreducible minimum>

irreducibility

play \-ˌdü-sə-ˈbi-lə-tē, -ˌdyü-\ noun

irreducibly

play \-ˈdü-sə-blē, -ˈdyü-\ adverb

Examples of irreducible in a sentence

  1. They thought the world was made up of four irreducible elements: earth, air, fire, and water.

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First Known Use of irreducible

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IRREDUCIBLE Defined for English Language Learners

irreducible

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adjective ir·re·duc·ible \ˌir-i-ˈdü-sə-bəl, -ˈdyü-\

Definition of irreducible for English Language Learners

  • : not able to be made smaller or simpler


Medical Dictionary

irreducible

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adjective ir·re·duc·ible \ˌir-i-ˈd(y)ü-sə-bəl\

Medical Definition of irreducible

  1. :  impossible to bring into a desired or normal state <an irreducible hernia>

irreducibility

\-ˌd(y)ü-sə-ˈbil-ət-ē\play noun plural

irreducibilities


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