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reductive

[ri-duhk-tiv]
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adjective
  1. of or relating to reduction; serving to reduce or abridge: an urgent need for reductive measures.
  2. of or relating to change from one form to another: reductive chemical processes.
  3. employing an analysis of a complex subject into a simplified, less detailed form; of, pertaining to, or employing reductionism; reductionistic.
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noun
  1. something causing or inducing a reductive process.
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Origin of reductive

First recorded in 1625–35; reduct(ion) + -ive
Related formsre·duc·tive·ly, adverbre·duc·tive·ness, nounan·ti·re·duc·tive, adjectivenon·re·duc·tive, adjective
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Word Origin and History for reductive

adj.

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.

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