from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A rule in science and philosophy stating that entities should not be multiplied needlessly. This rule is interpreted to mean that the simplest of two or more competing theories is preferable and that an explanation for unknown phenomena should first be attempted in terms of what is already known. Also called law of parsimony.
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- n. the principle that entities should not be multiplied needlessly; the simplest of two competing theories is to be preferred
After William of Ockham.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)