Definition of reducible in English:



  • 1[predicative] (of a subject or problem) capable of being simplified in presentation or analysis.

    ‘Shakespeare's major soliloquies are not reducible to categories’
    • ‘There are no spectacular displays of brutality here, and the workings of force show themselves not to be reducible to physical violence alone.’
    • ‘Ethics, one might say, enshrines the principle that subjectivity is not reducible to objective analysis.’
    • ‘How the public engages with ideas is not reducible to the latest trends in technology, but is likely to be influenced by wider cultural and social dynamics.’
    • ‘The game is not reducible to the subjectivity of the players; it has an identity over and above them and is intended as such.’
    • ‘All DIY projects should be reducible to an A4 sized flowchart detailing a handful of easy steps, available by calling a 1900 number after the show.’
    • ‘But engagement in a wider social sense is not reducible to individual activism.’
    • ‘Is all learning alike, reducible to a common set of principles?’
    • ‘Nor is it reducible to facile claims of appeasements.’
    • ‘There is no point in speculating about place apart from its representations; yet, place is also not simply reducible to concepts.’
    • ‘That said, both films are not reducible to fables about victimhood.’
    • ‘Religion is not reducible to morals but they are the sign of its authenticity.’
    • ‘But what about the suggestion that event causation is instead reducible to, or analysable in terms of, agent causation?’
    • ‘But at the same time, these issues are not reducible to the anti-capitalist struggle.’
    • ‘Second, unlike the Left, green politics are not based on class and their analyses are not reducible to class.’
    • ‘As conservatives generally do, I see the world as infinitely complex and as not reducible to any simple rule.’
    • ‘Roisin has a glamour which includes sexual attractiveness but it is not reducible to it.’
    • ‘Perhaps sports are reducible to co-ordination and spacial perception.’
    • ‘Gothic seems reducible to steep roofs and a ‘multiplicity’ of gables.’
    • ‘The private military industry has an image problem reducible to a single, rather dirty word: mercenary.’
    • ‘The internal stance reflects the fact that when people marry they become part of an entity that is not reducible to or identical with its individual components.’
  • 2Mathematics
    (of a polynomial) able to be factorized into two or more polynomials of lower degree.

    • ‘This fraction too can be reduced, and perhaps the new one will be reducible too.’
    1. 2.1(of a group) expressible as the direct product of two of its subgroups.