reductive

[ ri-duhk-tiv ]
/ rɪˈdʌk tɪv /

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.

Nearby words

  1. reduction potential,
  2. reduction ratio,
  3. reductionism,
  4. reductionist,
  5. reductions,
  6. reductively,
  7. reductivism,
  8. reductor,
  9. redundance,
  10. redundancy

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

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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