|1.||the analysis of complex things, data, etc, into less complex constituents|
|2.||derogatory often any theory or method that holds that a complex idea, system, etc, can be completely understood in terms of its simpler parts or components|
in philosophy, a view that asserts that entities of a given kind are collections or combinations of entities of a simpler or more basic kind or that expressions denoting such entities are definable in terms of expressions denoting the more basic entities. Thus, the ideas that physical bodies are collections of atoms or that thoughts are combinations of sense impressions are forms of reductionism.
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