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(ri duk′shə niz′əm),USA pronunciation n.
re•duc′tion•ist, n., adj.
- Psychologythe theory that every complex phenomenon, esp. in biology or psychology, can be explained by analyzing the simplest, most basic physical mechanisms that are in operation during the phenomenon.
- the practice of simplifying a complex idea, issue, condition, or the like, esp. to the point of minimizing, obscuring, or distorting it.
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reductionism /rɪˈdʌkʃəˌnɪzəm/ n
reˈductionist n , adj reˌductionˈistic adj
- the analysis of complex things, data, etc, into less complex constituents
- often derogatory any theory or method that holds that a complex idea, system, etc, can be completely understood in terms of its simpler parts or components
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