Origin of reductive
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Because it's too cautious to dramatize real problems and too reductive to tackle them realistically.Generic and Superficial ‘Tyrant’ Amerisplains the Middle East|Andrew Romano|June 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But it would be reductive to make that parallel a blanket one.
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|Ben Greenman|May 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It is all too easy to be heavy-handed and reductive, something of which Freud himself was guilty on many occasions.
But even that's too reductive for a series that relishes the gamesmanship, intrigue, and corruption that follows in their wake.
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
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.