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reductive

[ ri-duhk-tiv ]
/ rɪˈdʌk tɪv /
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adjective

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.

noun

something causing or inducing a reductive process.

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Origin of reductive

First recorded in 1625–35; reduct(ion) + -ive

OTHER WORDS FROM reductive

re·duc·tive·ly, adverbre·duc·tive·ness, nounan·ti·re·duc·tive, adjectivenon·re·duc·tive, adjective
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