Occam's Razor Definition

A philosophical or scientific principle according to which the best explanation of an event is the one that is the simplest, using the fewest assumptions or hypotheses.
Webster's New World

The principle that entities should not be needlessly multiplied.


Origin of Occam's Razor

  • 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.

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