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reducible

[ri-doo-suh-buh l, -dyoo-] /rɪˈdu sə bəl, -ˈdyu-/
adjective
1.
capable of being reduced.
2.
Mathematics.
  1. of or relating to a polynomial that can be factored into the product of polynomials, each of lower degree.
  2. of or relating to a group that can be written as the direct product of two of its subgroups.
  3. of or relating to a set whose set of accumulation points is countable.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; see reduce, -ible
Related forms
reducibility, reducibleness, noun
reducibly, adverb
nonreducibility, noun
nonreducible, adjective
nonreducibly, adverb
unreducible, adjective
unreducibly, adverb
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  • But the monster is not reducible to a single cause, any more than civilization is explainable through the invention of the wheel.
Word Origin and History for reducible
adj.

mid-15c.; see reduce + -ible. Cf. Old French redusible.

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