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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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(2.) William of Ockham (1285-1349) English Scholar--The principle that became known as "Ockhams Razor" is formulated thus "Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatum"--"Entities are not to be multiplied beyond necessity"--This wording does not actually appear in his writings, but the premise that an entity that is not "known" to exist should not be postulated as existing unless essential to an explanation of the phenomena, had echoes, for me, in Korzybski's "higher order abstractions."