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Occam's razor

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Pronunciation: /ˈɒkəmz
 
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(also Ockham's razor)

Definition of Occam's razor in English:

noun

The principle (attributed to William of Occam) that in explaining a thing no more assumptions should be made than are necessary. The principle is often invoked to defend reductionism or nominalism. Compare with principle of parsimony at parsimony.
Example sentences
  • The Faithfulness Condition is thus a formal version of Ockham's razor.
  • This approach seems to apply Occam's razor to the principle itself, eliminating the word ‘assumptions.’
  • That was Occam's razor, a fundamental principle of scientific reasoning.

Origin

mid 19th century: from the name of William of Occam + razor, with reference to the ‘cutting away’ of unnecessary material.

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