Occam's RazorOc·cam's razor
An example of Occam's Razor is all the leaves falling off a tree because it's Autumn.
Origin of Occam's razorafter William of Ockham, who used it often in analyzing problems
- The principle that entities should not be needlessly multiplied.
- (sciences) The principle of preferring the simpler of two competing theories.
After William of Occam, an advocate of the law of parsimony, and the idea of a razor as a tool that trims or shaves. See citations for coinage.