Definition of reductive in US English:



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

    ‘such a conclusion by itself would be reductive’
    • ‘I thought we were getting overly reductive and simplistic.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘Their speech is poor, short, simplistic, and reductive of the complexity of the situation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Furthermore, the underlying suggestion of an inherent connection between physicality and culture seems awkwardly reductive.’
    • ‘However, most of the major statements on critical pedagogy reinscribe a more reductive view of power in the classroom.’
    • ‘‘It's the most reductive story in the song,’ says Marcus.’
    • ‘Science, he argues, is necessarily reductive, and reductive science undermines humanist ideas about phenomena such as consciousness or free will.’
    • ‘The comparisons Malick makes are simplistic and reductive.’
    • ‘This might be too reductive, but there always seems to be a man, a woman and a child as the central axis.’
    • ‘It's a reductive attitude that sells Scotland short and it's one I detest.’
    • ‘The imagination, ethics, and, ultimately, logic itself demand a less reductive view.’
    • ‘We commonly understand stereotyping as a negative and reductive way of reinforcing power relations, eg: ‘Men are better at maths and science than women.’’
    • ‘Crass, cheap, reductive and - if viewed in a certain light - even rather homophobic?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 (with reference to art) minimal.
      ‘he combines his reductive abstract shapes with a rippled surface’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Powers's reductive designs playfully reference early works in abstract painting while breaking new territory with their highly creative use of materials.’
      • ‘Jones is a master of the reductive impulse, a maker of rigorously crafted geometric abstractions that function as emblems of energy, generators of metaphor.’
      • ‘Later, in Los Angeles, he gave up painting - reductive abstractions whose compositions suggest some formal relationship to his later work in photography.’
      • ‘Heard carelessly, this sound/music may not impress, its apparent minimalism striking the listener as overly reductive.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The richly textured geometric shapes and reductive ground recall certain works by Nicholson, while the fractured landscape elements hint at Nash.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Intending a duet of complementary forms, both artists used organic materials to create compositions that are spare and reductive, without overlapping or extraneous elements.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Deeton's new works might be described as reductive minimalism for those who don't like reductive minimalism.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There is a reductive, Minimalist character to this work as well.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘What then is the difference between Minimalism and other expressions of the reductive sensibility?’
      • ‘Perhaps it was the sheer variety of painting styles employed in these abstract paintings that made them seem somewhat imitative and reductive.’
      • ‘Six subsequent landscapes become successively more reductive, as both the fiver and the horizon are eliminated from view.’
  • 2Relating to chemical reduction.

    • ‘Malic enzyme catalyses the reductive decarboxylation of malate to pyruvate.’
    • ‘Their contention, supported by the evidence of Professor Baldwin, is that both oxidative and reductive pathways involve the enol.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’