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  • adj. Capable of being reduced.
  • adj. Able to be factored into polynomials of lower degree, as .
  • adj. Able to be factored into smaller integers; composite.
  • adj. Containing a sphere of codimension 1 that is not the boundary of a ball.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Capable of being reduced.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Capable of being reduced; convertible.

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

  • adj. capable of being reduced


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  • The Manual of Reason raises three questions about this relation: (i) Is it a new and irreducible type or relation, not reducible, that is, to any of the relations already admitted (TSD 66a)?

    Analytic Philosophy in Early Modern India

  • Natural intelligence is in other words reducible to regularities and chance: For instance we have information on how humans typically go about making stone tools and using this knowledge combined with additional knowledge and evidence we can conclude that the chipped pieces of stone were in fact tools.

    Yet more desperation at the DI - The Panda's Thumb

  • Hernias that come and go are called reducible hernias. - RSS

  • DAWKINS: Well, once again, let's not use the word "reducible" in a negative way.

    Boing Boing

  • The sheer number of neurons in the brain, and the complication of the connections between the neurons, is such that one doesn't want to use the word "reducible" in any kind of negative way.

    Boing Boing

  • If you don't ignore well known mechanisms of evolutionary biology then we have a perfectly reasonable explanation for the evolution of the blood clotting cascade – i.e. the problem is 'reducible'.

    Confirmation Bias and ID

  • But here is what the ID people don’t say: If irreducible complexity suddenly was reducible, that is, if somebody figured out the evolutionary mechanisms behind bacteria flagella, or found more “missing link” fossils or whatever, then the hand of God in designing complex systems suddenly becomes much smaller and smaller with the more you know.

    Forum on "ID, Science Education and the Law" in Kansas - The Panda's Thumb

  • Indeed, the NEA explicitly recognises that wellbeing is not reducible to what can be economically counted, and our attitudes to nature need to recognise the shared social values such as the song of the nightingale, the mental solace and other health benefits we derive from a walk in the bluebell woods, alongside the limited economic values that we might be able to estimate.

    Letters: Priceless benefits of bluebell woods

  • Not reducible to that of the home: the school, being a distinct sort of social structure, necessarily has issues of ethos and discipline that would not be found in the home.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Could Students Be Suspended for “Beat the Jew” Game

  • The reduction I speak of is not one which says that communities of family (or firm or school) are structurally reducible to the civic community of district or town or city, but that they are subordinate to the civic community.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Could Students Be Suspended for “Beat the Jew” Game


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