law of par-simony

law of parsimony

noun Philosophy.
a principle according to which an explanation of a thing or event is made with the fewest possible assumptions.
Compare Occam's razor.

1830–40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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law of parsimony

the principle that entities should not be multiplied needlessly; the simplest of two competing theories is to be preferred [syn: Occam's Razor
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