Definition of irreducible in English:


Line breaks: ir|re¦du|cible
Pronunciation: /ɪrɪˈdjuːsɪb(ə)l


Not able to be reduced or simplified: literature is often irreducible to normative ideas
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  • She momentarily succumbs to the tendency to simplify irreducible complexities.
  • Each individual is, in a certain sense, absolute, irreducible to another.
  • Similarly, collective identities are irreducible to the sum of the experiences of individuals.



Pronunciation: /-ˈbɪlɪti/
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  • In addition, she rightly admits the inherent irreducibility of all media.
  • Plausible though the notion may seem, there are serious difficulties in formalizing Wolfram's notion of ‘computational irreducibility.’
  • In fact, the poet depends on the irreducibility of such cognitively significant meanings in order for him to be creative.


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  • For Diderot, every work is the legitimate property of its author because a work of literature is the irreducibly singular expression of that author's thoughts and feelings.
  • Impeccable as his Italian credentials were, even after twenty years, Tetrode remained irreducibly a man of the North.
  • Here, it is crucial that there is no formula that connects them, that our experience is irreducibly multiform.

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