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Ock·ham's razoralso Oc·cam's razor (ŏk′əmz)
A rule in science and philosophy stating that the simplest of two or more competing theories is preferable; for example, an explanation of a new phenomenon should first be attempted in terms of what is already known, without adding further entities or principles. Also called law of parsimony.
[After William of Ockham.]
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(Philosophy) a maxim, attributed to William of Ockham, stating that in explaining something assumptions must not be needlessly multiplied. Also called: the principle of economy
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|Noun||1.||Ockham'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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