Definition of reductionism
1 : explanation of complex life-science processes and phenomena in terms of the laws of physics and chemistry; also : a theory or doctrine that complete reductionism is possible
2 : a procedure or theory that reduces complex data and phenomena to simple terms
reductionistplay \-sh(ə-)nist\ noun or adjective
reductionisticplay \-ˌdək-shə-ˈnis-tik\ adjective
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That danger of reductionism is certainly worth bearing in mind when considering how the two recent votes in Europe turned out.
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Medical Definition of reductionism
1: the attempt to explain all biological processes by the same explanations (as by physical laws) that chemists and physicists use to interpret inanimate matter; also : the theory that complete reductionism is possible
2: a procedure or theory that reduces complex data or phenomena to simple terms
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