Definition of reductionism noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

reductionism

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//rɪˈdʌkʃənɪzəm//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈdʌkʃənɪzəm//
 
[uncountable](formal, often disapproving)
 
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the belief that complicated things can be explained by considering them as a combination of simple parts
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: reductionism