Ockham's razor

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Ock·ham's razor

also 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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Ockham's razor


Occam's razor

(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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Noun1.Ockham'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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Parsimony is an English word which means "the quality of being careful with money or resources", or "economy in the use of means to an end".1 The law of diagnostic parsimony,2 inspired by Ockham's razor,3 is an accepted part of medical pedagogy.
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Philosophy: The simplest explanation is usually the best one (Ockham's Razor).
Ockham's razor favors my definition over McKitrick's definition.
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However, another interpretation of those events, applying Ockham's razor (i.e., the simplest explanation) rather than a rejiggered nineteenth century German idealism, is that back in 1989 one part of the Left made a deal with another.