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reductive

[ri-duhk-tiv] /rɪˈdʌk tɪv/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to reduction; serving to reduce or abridge:
an urgent need for reductive measures.
2.
of or pertaining to change from one form to another:
reductive chemical processes.
3.
employing an analysis of a complex subject into a simplified, less detailed form; of, pertaining to, or employing reductionism; reductionistic.
noun
4.
something causing or inducing a reductive process.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35; reduct(ion) + -ive
Related forms
reductively, adverb
reductiveness, noun
antireductive, adjective
nonreductive, adjective
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Examples from the web for reductive
  • Critics may complain that viewing all behaviour through a prism of natural selection is reductive.
  • As reductive as this may seem, these kinds of messages-whether in the form of logos or slogans or colors or songs-are effective.
  • She's whiny and plodding, and her relentless pursuit of the truth is strangely reductive: it makes her seem small.
  • The reductive palette, which many other artists would adopt, was taken as a sign of existential seriousness.
  • His art can seem reductive, but the longer you look at it, the more you notice the options it leaves open.
  • As a consequence, the designs have felt reductive and static, with a slight but persistent look-at-me factor.
  • The cause is beyond reductive statements, even when they exfoliate into such resplendent prose.
Word Origin and History for reductive
adj.

1630s, "that reduces;" 1650s, "that leads or brings back," from Medieval Latin reductivus, from reduct-, past participle stem of Latin reducere (see reduce). Related: Reductively.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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