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Definition of "reductive" [re•duc•tive]

  • Of or relating to reduction. (adjective)
  • Relating to, being an instance of, or exhibiting reductionism. (adjective)
  • Relating to or being an instance of reductivism. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "reductive" in a sentence
  • "I explained how I had arrived at the assertion that he had described as reductive: Either everything written is literature, or only some of it is."
  • "This is certainly true in the case of Abelard and Ockham, whom we earlier identified as reductive realists."
  • "Madonna's savoir faire as a marketer is unfailing: Her comment - she called Gaga's song "reductive"- has everyone talking about her again."
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