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Oc·cam's razor

 (ŏk′əmz)
n.
Variant of Ockham's razor.
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Occam's razor

n
(Philosophy) a variant spelling of Ockham's razor
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Oc′cam's ra′zor


n.
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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Noun1.Occam's Razor - the principle that entities should not be multiplied needlessly; the simplest of two competing theories is to be preferred
principle, rule - a rule or law concerning a natural phenomenon or the function of a complex system; "the principle of the conservation of mass"; "the principle of jet propulsion"; "the right-hand rule for inductive fields"
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Occam’s razor

n to apply Occam’s razor to somethingetw komprimieren, etw auf das Wesentliche beschränken
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The commitment to the scientific and epistemological principle of Ockam's razor hinges on aesthetic values of simplicity, coherence, and beauty, not on any pure judgment of reason (56-58).
And what I saw clearly bows to the company name, approving of the medieval philosopher Ockam's Razor principle of achieving the right result by choosing the simplest solution, in this case, the simplicity of excellence.
A principal of science called Ockam's Razor holds that competing theories related to a single proposition should be judged on the basis of both their relative usefulness and their relative simplicity.