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An attempt or tendency to explain a complex set of facts, entities, phenomena, or structures by another, simpler set: "Science requires some degree of reductionism, some picking apart and focusing on one or two variables at a time" (Natalie Angier).
re·duc′tion·ist adj. & n.
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|Adj.||1.||reductionist - of or relating to the theory of reductionism; "reductionist arguments"|