re·​duc·​tive ri-ˈdək-tiv How to pronounce reductive (audio)
: of, relating to, causing, or involving reduction
: of or relating to reductionism : reductionistic
reductively adverb
reductiveness noun

Examples of reductive in a Sentence

a reductive interpretation of the theory
Recent Examples on the Web The film also shares a sledgehammer’s reductive nature. Nicholas Quah, Vulture, 29 Mar. 2024 Even when there are no tradeoffs between the targets, reductive metrics can have damaging consequences, as the political scientist James Scott explained in his masterly book Seeing Like a State. Diane Coyle, Foreign Affairs, 14 Dec. 2021 Who knows how society will judge Audiard’s depiction two years or two decades from now, though the project is consistent with a career spent imagining milieus far from his and immersing audiences in those worlds, without reductive psychology or judgment. Peter Debruge, Variety, 18 May 2024 Many Asian Americans have since argued that the film only confirmed the problematic, reductive stereotype of Asian women as hypersexualized and subservient. Kimmy Yam, NBC News, 13 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for reductive 

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Word History

First Known Use

1633, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of reductive was in 1633

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“Reductive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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re·​duc·​tive ri-ˈdək-tiv How to pronounce reductive (audio)
: of, relating to, causing, or involving reduction

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