law of parsimony


noun Philosophy.

a principle according to which an explanation of a thing or event is made with the fewest possible assumptions.

Nearby words

  1. law of moses,
  2. law of motion,
  3. law of multiple proportion,
  4. law of nations,
  5. law of nature,
  6. law of recapitulation,
  7. law of referred pain,
  8. law of reflection,
  9. law of refraction,
  10. law of segregation

Compare Occam's razor.

Origin of law of parsimony

First recorded in 1830–40

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