reductive

[ri-duhk-tiv]
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:
1625–35; reduct(ion) + -ive

reductively, adverb
reductiveness, noun
antireductive, adjective
nonreductive, adjective
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reduction (rɪˈdʌkʃən)
 
n
1.  the act or process or an instance of reducing
2.  the state or condition of being reduced
3.  the amount by which something is reduced
4.  a form of an original resulting from a reducing process, such as a copy on a smaller scale
5.  a simplified form, such as an orchestral score arranged for piano
6.  maths
 a.  the process of converting a fraction into its decimal form
 b.  the process of dividing out the common factors in the numerator and denominator of a fraction; cancellation
 
re'ductive
 
adj

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Example sentences
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.
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