What does reductive mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. reductive(adj)

    characterized by or causing diminution or curtailment

    "their views of life were reductive and depreciatory" - R.H.Rovere


  1. reductive(Adjective)

    Of, pertaining to, or causing physical reduction.

  2. reductive(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to reductionism or reductivism.

  3. reductive(Adjective)

    Of, pertaining to, or causing figurative reduction; belittling, disparaging, ridiculing.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reductive(adj)

    tending to reduce; having the power or effect of reducing

  2. Reductive(noun)

    a reductive agent

  3. Origin: [Cf. F. rductif.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reductive in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reductive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. National Security Adviser Susan Rice:

    We reject reductive reasoning and lazy rhetoric that says conflict between the U.S. and China is inevitable even as we've been tough with China where we disagree, this isn't a zero sum game.

  2. Stuart Ringholt:

    It seems absurd to bring a bunch of beautifully dressed people into the gallery when we can bring in a bunch of nude people, we seem to forget the nude is really important to art history. The museum in itself is reductive -- we have the idea of the white cube but why have we then reduced the viewer through their clothing?

  3. Claire Fallon:

    It magnifies and enacts the sort of reductive tropes and expectations we face in the real world, especially the real dating world, watching 'The Bachelor' means watching a more exaggerated version of the sexist landscape we navigate, but the exaggeration (and the remove of watching it on TV) makes it easier to observe, discuss, and critique.

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