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Oc·cam's razor

Variant of Ockham's razor.

Occam's razor

(Philosophy) a variant spelling of Ockham's razor

Oc′cam's ra′zor

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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