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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Oc′cam's ra′zor(n.)

  1. the principle in philosophy and science that assumptions introduced to explain a thing must not be multiplied beyond necessity, and hence the simplest of several hypotheses is always the best in accounting for unexplained facts.

    Category: Philosphy

    Ref: Also called law of parsimony.

Origin of Occam's razor:

1835–40; after William of Occam

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Occam's Razor, Ockham's Razor, principle of parsimony, law of parsimony(noun)

    the principle that entities should not be multiplied needlessly; the simplest of two competing theories is to be preferred

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  1. Occam's razor

    Occam's razor is a principle of parsimony, economy, or succinctness used in logic and problem-solving. It states that among competing hypotheses, the hypothesis with the fewest assumptions should be selected.

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