Meaning of reductionism
Pronunciation: (ri-duk'shu-niz"um), [key]
- the theory that every complex phenomenon, esp. in biology or psychology, can be explained by analyzing the simplest, most basic physical mechanisms that are in operation during the phenomenon.
- the practice of simplifying a complex idea, issue, condition, or the like, esp. to the point of minimizing, obscuring, or distorting it.
- reductionism (Thesaurus)