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1. Of or relating to reduction.
2. Relating to or exhibiting reductionism: "a series of demeaning, reductive stereotypes" (Richard Bernstein).
3. Relating to or exhibiting reductivism.

re·duc′tive·ly adv.
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(rɪˈdʌk tɪv)

1. of or pertaining to reduction or abridgment.
2. of or pertaining to change from one form to another.
3. of, pertaining to, or employing reductionism; reductionistic.
re•duc′tive•ly, adv.
re•duc′tive•ness, n.
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Adj.1.reductive - characterized by or causing diminution or curtailment; "their views of life were reductive and depreciatory" - R.H.Rovere
subtractive - constituting or involving subtraction; "a subtractive correction"
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