Definition of reductive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

reductive

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//rɪˈdʌktɪv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈdʌktɪv//
 
(formal, often disapproving)
 
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that tries to explain something complicated by considering it as a combination of simple parts
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