- of or characterized by reduction or reductionism
- reducing or tending to reduce
Origin of reductiveMedieval Latin reductivus
- Of or relating to reduction.
- Relating to or exhibiting reductionism: “a series of demeaning, reductive stereotypes” ( Richard Bernstein )
- Relating to or exhibiting reductivism.
(comparative more reductive, superlative most reductive)
- (Scotland law, now rare) Pertaining to the reduction of a decree etc.; rescissory. [from 16th c.]
- Causing the physical reduction or diminution of something. [from 17th c.]
- (chemistry, metallurgy, biology) That reduces a substance etc. to a more simple or basic form. [from 17th c.]
- (now rare, historical) That can be derived from, or referred back to, something else. [from 17th c.]
- (now frequently pejorative) That reduces an argument, issue etc. to its most basic terms; simplistic, reductionist. [from 20th c.]
From Middle French rÃ©ductif, and its source, Late Latin reductivus, from the participle stem of Latin reducere (“to reduce").