reductive

adjective
re·​duc·​tive | \ ri-ˈdək-tiv How to pronounce reductive (audio) \

Definition of reductive

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

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Other Words from reductive

reductively adverb
reductiveness noun

Examples of reductive in a Sentence

a reductive interpretation of the theory
Recent Examples on the Web This might be reductive, but, why can’t Joe and Love ever stop wanting other people? Valentina Valentini, Vulture, 19 Oct. 2021 Once the ability to measure was in place, the story of heat turned out to be a maximally reductive scientific explanation. Quanta Magazine, 30 Sep. 2021 But as with any of Solnit’s books, such a description would be reductive: the great pleasure of reading her is spending time with her mind, its digressions and juxtapositions, its unexpected connections. Claire Messud, Harper's Magazine, 28 Sep. 2021 Helen’s storytelling about the Fifth Symphony can be seen as whimsical and reductive or as insightful and prescient. Adam Kirsch, The New York Review of Books, 23 Sep. 2021 This reductive perspective gets very old very quickly, and ends up giving short shrift to a lot of what comes out between Labor Day and Christmas. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 14 Sep. 2021 This is not the case, and reductive thinking keeps those most vulnerable from feeling seen or heard. Talia Abbas, Glamour, 25 May 2021 Helen’s storytelling about the Fifth Symphony can be seen as whimsical and reductive or as insightful and prescient. Adam Kirsch, The New York Review of Books, 8 Apr. 2021 That’s the reductive version of the Williams family story and the one everyone knows (even this critic, who’s never watched a pro tennis match in his life). Peter Debruge, Variety, 2 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of reductive

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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24 Oct 2021

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“Reductive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reductive. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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reductive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of reductive

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

reductive

adjective
re·​duc·​tive | \ ri-ˈdək-tiv How to pronounce reductive (audio) \

Medical Definition of reductive

: of, relating to, causing, or involving reduction

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