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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.


in a manner that is reductive
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To think the supposed leader of the free world would speak so reductively and heartlessly about so much of the world is unforgivable.
To think that the supposed leader of the free world would speak so reductively and heartlessly about so much of the world is unforgivable.
It's shocking that an American president would think so reductively and heartlessly about so much of the world.
And it may even help "rectify [its authors] neglect" in his native country, as Keki Daruwalla advocates in the foreword, or at least reintroduce a poet who is often remembered mostly, and somewhat reductively, in connection with an influential and still relevant anthology.
I wish to say that while I found the article intriguing in part, and scholarly, I firmly believe the same flaw is in this overview as in the article on men in Townsend a few months ago, advocating another potent drug, Clomid (clomiphene) that also isolated 5-alpha reductase as the primary, isolating factor that has to be managed reductively, sometimes with some very potent drugs.
Other awards announced live on Monday night included the new PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature , which went to the Syrian poetAdonis, who PEN America called somewhat reductively in their news release "the greatest living poetof the Arab world.
The entrenchment of this arrangement has many features, but for my purposes, I will reductively describe the scheme as follows:
and Sophia Taubman Professor of Talmudic Culture in the Departments of Near Eastern Studies and Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley), "Imagine No Religion: How Modern Abstractions Hide Ancient Realities" explores the myriad meanings of the Latin and Greek words religion and threskeia, frequently and reductively mistranslated as "religion", in order to explore the manifold nuances of their uses within ancient Roman and Greek societies.
The authors' skill in creating such a powerful narrative does not fall prey to one of the major pitfalls of biography--it avoids being a mere sequence of events or a "kaleidoscopic" narrative that would smooth out Benjamin's nuances and contradictions into a reductively consistent account.
Metres can fall into a trap that catches many contemporary poets, where it almost seems impossible to "do" politics without doing it reductively.
INTERNET entrepreneurs have been trying for years to create "Yelp for people," a service that would take the practice of reductively quantifying other human beings beyond the rarefied realms of beauty contests and the National Football League draft.
Reductively abstract and indebted to Cubism, the output of these artists adhered to a British-accented International Style--modern, tasteful, yet conservative--an aesthetic that Hepworth's early work both embraces and surpasses.