Definition of reductive in English:

reductive

adjective

  • 1Tending to present a subject or problem in a simplified form, especially one viewed as crude.

    ‘such a conclusion by itself would be reductive’
    • ‘Crass, cheap, reductive and - if viewed in a certain light - even rather homophobic?’
    • ‘It is the kind of film that, without being overly simplistic or reductive, you could show to a sixth grade class of students and they would clearly understand ‘what's going down.’’
    • ‘The need to escape the reductive view of sex work as only a career is another important theme in the book, which is developed in the chapters on France, Brazil, Lima, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines.’
    • ‘‘It's the most reductive story in the song,’ says Marcus.’
    • ‘It's a reductive attitude that sells Scotland short and it's one I detest.’
    • ‘This might be too reductive, but there always seems to be a man, a woman and a child as the central axis.’
    • ‘Science, he argues, is necessarily reductive, and reductive science undermines humanist ideas about phenomena such as consciousness or free will.’
    • ‘But such a view is surely reductive: Young has not only been actively releasing albums throughout the 90s and into the 00s, but several of them been unexpectedly solid as well.’
    • ‘The imagination, ethics, and, ultimately, logic itself demand a less reductive view.’
    • ‘What is bad about all terror is when it is attached to religious and political abstractions and reductive myths that keep veering away from history and sense.’
    • ‘He had retreated into a reductive cynicism, whose one belief, and satirical tactic, argued that behind every purportedly noble trend lurked greed, lust or madness.’
    • ‘However, most of the major statements on critical pedagogy reinscribe a more reductive view of power in the classroom.’
    • ‘Their speech is poor, short, simplistic, and reductive of the complexity of the situation.’
    • ‘Furthermore, the underlying suggestion of an inherent connection between physicality and culture seems awkwardly reductive.’
    • ‘Not only is this view reductive, it reinscribes the ethnocentrism of the Britain's imperialist past under the guise of making a ‘safer’ present through the same war-mongering means.’
    • ‘I thought we were getting overly reductive and simplistic.’
    • ‘I think people want the discourse to be elevated a little bit, to be a little more challenging with your subject matter, and with your characters, and not reductive about them.’
    • ‘The comparisons Malick makes are simplistic and reductive.’
    • ‘Any professors worthy of the title have strong views, of course, but they should also have a keen sense that those views may be wrong, or based on incomplete evidence, or highly reductive.’
    • ‘We commonly understand stereotyping as a negative and reductive way of reinforcing power relations, eg: ‘Men are better at maths and science than women.’’
    1. 1.1(with reference to art) minimal.
      ‘he combines his reductive abstract shapes with a rippled surface’
      • ‘Deeton's new works might be described as reductive minimalism for those who don't like reductive minimalism.’
      • ‘Later, in Los Angeles, he gave up painting - reductive abstractions whose compositions suggest some formal relationship to his later work in photography.’
      • ‘There is a reductive, Minimalist character to this work as well.’
      • ‘Nor is it merely the fact that they are swimming against the tide of Modernism with its utopian sense of inevitability and its flagship aesthetic of reductive minimalism.’
      • ‘Heard carelessly, this sound/music may not impress, its apparent minimalism striking the listener as overly reductive.’
      • ‘Her paintings are executed in vibrant palettes and flat, broad shapes, their reductive surfaces reminiscent of advertising billboards, as well as the cool, illustrative portraits of Alex Katz.’
      • ‘How is it that Max Cole's large acrylic paintings manage to look so fresh in the context of four full decades of reductive abstraction?’
      • ‘What then is the difference between Minimalism and other expressions of the reductive sensibility?’
      • ‘Throughout the 1960s and '70s, Lundeberg kept pace with her husband, who had developed his own manner of reductive abstraction based on forms of the human body.’
      • ‘Intending a duet of complementary forms, both artists used organic materials to create compositions that are spare and reductive, without overlapping or extraneous elements.’
      • ‘Powers's reductive designs playfully reference early works in abstract painting while breaking new territory with their highly creative use of materials.’
      • ‘Six subsequent landscapes become successively more reductive, as both the fiver and the horizon are eliminated from view.’
      • ‘His figures are made from reductive shapes - circles, squares, cones - that create a kind of shorthand of the body in much the same way that a cartoonist might employ characterisation techniques.’
      • ‘Jones is a master of the reductive impulse, a maker of rigorously crafted geometric abstractions that function as emblems of energy, generators of metaphor.’
      • ‘Emphatically framed by the terrace walls, the Inland Sea looks painted, while Sugimoto's black-and-white photos are so reductive that they evoke abstract paintings.’
      • ‘His reductive abstract style, while increasingly planar and hard-edged, remained connected to aspects of the observed world.’
      • ‘Painting came off best, taking two primary directions: reductive abstraction and figurative work characterized by a dispassionate folksiness.’
      • ‘The reductive austerities of Minimalism were followed by a wide range of art movements that brought the body forcefully back into art - although not by the standard mimetic means.’
      • ‘Perhaps it was the sheer variety of painting styles employed in these abstract paintings that made them seem somewhat imitative and reductive.’
      • ‘The richly textured geometric shapes and reductive ground recall certain works by Nicholson, while the fractured landscape elements hint at Nash.’
  • 2Relating to chemical reduction.

    ‘the reductive elimination of acetyl iodide’
    • ‘Their contention, supported by the evidence of Professor Baldwin, is that both oxidative and reductive pathways involve the enol.’
    • ‘Malic enzyme catalyses the reductive decarboxylation of malate to pyruvate.’
    • ‘Coke, which is pyrolyzed from coal in the coke oven, is a reductive reactant used in steel plants.’
    • ‘NO, with its unpaired electron, is a free radical capable of undergoing various oxidative and reductive reactions, whereas CO is relatively inert.’
    • ‘This pair may accept a proton either in the oxidative or reductive phase, which in turn causes release of a proton to the water pool.’

Pronunciation:

reductive

/rɪˈdʌktɪv/