- of or relating to reduction; serving to reduce or abridge: an urgent need for reductive measures.
- of or relating to change from one form to another: reductive chemical processes.
- employing an analysis of a complex subject into a simplified, less detailed form; of, pertaining to, or employing reductionism; reductionistic.
- something causing or inducing a reductive process.
Origin of reductive
Examples from the Web for reductive
Because it's too cautious to dramatize real problems and too reductive to tackle them realistically.Generic and Superficial ‘Tyrant’ Amerisplains the Middle East
June 25, 2014
But it would be reductive to make that parallel a blanket one.Philip Seymour Hoffman: An Actor First
February 2, 2014
He had read a positive review of his own work that nonetheless struck him as reductive and inaccurate.Constructive Criticism: Reviewing the Idea of Reviewing
May 20, 2013
It is all too easy to be heavy-handed and reductive, something of which Freud himself was guilty on many occasions.Goce Smilevski’s ‘Freud’s Sister’
January 11, 2013
But even that's too reductive for a series that relishes the gamesmanship, intrigue, and corruption that follows in their wake.Game of Thrones Comes to HBO
April 4, 2011
At a boiling heat, in presence of dilute acids, it is split up, yielding a reductive sugar.
Now that the law compels a list of dangerous drugs on the label, the cures proceed admittedly by a reductive principle.Habits that Handicap
Charles B. Towns
Word Origin and History for reductive
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.