reductive

adjective re·duc·tive \ ri-ˈdək-tiv \
Updated on: 6 Dec 2017

Definition of reductive

1 : of, relating to, causing, or involving reduction
2 : of or relating to reductionism : reductionistic

reductively

adverb

reductiveness

noun

Examples of reductive in a Sentence

  1. a reductive interpretation of the theory

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REDUCTIVE Defined for English Language Learners

reductive

adjective

Definition of reductive for English Language Learners

  • : dealing with or describing something complicated in a simple or too simple way


Medical Dictionary

reductive

adjective re·duc·tive \ ri-ˈdək-tiv \

medical Definition of reductive

: of, relating to, causing, or involving reduction

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