a) Of, pertaining to, or causing reduction.
b) Of or pertaining to reductionism or reductivism.

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  • Reductive — Re*duc tive ( t?v), a. [Cf. F. r[ e]ductif.] Tending to reduce; having the power or effect of reducing. n. A reductive agent. Sir M. Hale. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • reductive — 1650s, from M.L. reductivus, from reducere (see REDUCE (Cf. reduce)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • reductive — ► ADJECTIVE 1) tending to present a subject or problem in a simplified form, especially one viewed as crude. 2) relating to chemical reduction. DERIVATIVES reductively adverb reductiveness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • reductive — [ri duk′tiv] adj. [ML reductivus] 1. of or characterized by reduction or reductionism 2. reducing or tending to reduce reductively adv …   English World dictionary

  • reductive — reductively, adv. reductiveness, n. /ri duk tiv/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, characterized by, or producing reduction or abridgment: an urgent need for reductive measures. 2. of or pertaining to change from one form to another. 3. of, pertaining… …   Universalium

  • reductive — [[t]rɪdʌ̱ktɪv[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n (disapproval) If you describe something such as a theory or a work of art as reductive, you disapprove of it because it reduces complex things to simple elements. [FORMAL] Jill Mann persuasively resists… …   English dictionary

  • reductive — adjective characterized by or causing diminution or curtailment their views of life were reductive and depreciatory R.H.Rovere • Similar to: ↑subtractive • Derivationally related forms: ↑reduce …   Useful english dictionary

  • reductive — adjective Date: 1633 1. of, relating to, causing, or involving reduction 2. of or relating to reductionism ; reductionistic • reductively adverb • reductiveness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • reductive — reductionism …   Philosophy dictionary

  • reductive — re·duc·tive ri dək tiv adj of, relating to, causing, or involving reduction …   Medical dictionary

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