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reductive (adj.)

1630s, "that reduces; having the property, power, or effect of reducing;" 1650s, "that leads or brings back" (now especially in psychology), from Medieval Latin reductivus, from reduct-, past participle stem of Latin reducere "lead back, bring back," figuratively "restore, replace" (see reduce). Related: Reductively.

updated on June 06, 2021

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Definitions of reductive from WordNet

reductive (adj.)
characterized by or causing diminution or curtailment; "their views of life were reductive and depreciatory" - R.H.Rovere;
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