Definition of irreducible
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 : impossible to make less or smaller <an irreducible minimum>
irreducibilityplay \-ˌdü-sə-ˈbi-lə-tē, -ˌdyü-\ noun
irreduciblyplay \-ˈdü-sə-blē, -ˈdyü-\ adverb
Examples of irreducible in a sentence
They thought the world was made up of four irreducible elements: earth, air, fire, and water.
First Known Use of irreducible
IRREDUCIBLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of irreducible for English Language Learners
: not able to be made smaller or simpler
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