Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of Ockham's razor.

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  • n. The principle that entities should not be needlessly multiplied.
  • n. The principle of preferring the simpler of two competing theories.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

Etymologies

After William of Occam, an advocate of the law of parsimony, and the idea of a razor as a tool that trims or shaves. See citations for coinage. (Wiktionary)

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