Occam's razor(redirected from Ocham's razor)
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Variant of Ockham's razor.
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(Philosophy) a variant spelling of Ockham's razor
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the principle in philosophy and science that assumptions introduced to explain a thing must not be multiplied beyond necessity, and hence the simplest of several hypotheses is always the best in accounting for unexplained facts.Also called law of parsimony.
[1835–40; after William of Occam]
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|Noun||1.||Occam's Razor - the principle that entities should not be multiplied needlessly; the simplest of two competing theories is to be preferred|
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