Definition of reductivism in English:

Share this entry

reductivism

Pronunciation: /rəˈdəktəˌvizəm/

noun

1 Another term for minimalism.
Example sentences
  • For those who accept Greenberg's formulation, it is possible to regard modernism as having come to an end in the extreme reductivism of Minimal art.
  • She was an artist ahead of her time, a modernist who used minimalism and anticipated the reductivism of the 1970s.
  • But for all her reductivism, Thomas was a champion of sensory perception.
2 another term for reductionism.
Example sentences
  • The Sixties colluded with the crudest Freudian reductivism - or reduction of Freud - in insisting that what we really want can be cashed out in biological terms.
  • The temptation of epigrammatical reductivism as a means of describing this ‘careless’ loss of yet another judge is only worth resisting if, unlike Wilde, one can resist anything including temptation.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: re·duc·tiv·ism

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.