Definition of reducible in English:


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


  • 1 [predic.] (Of a subject or problem) capable of being simplified in presentation or analysis: Shakespeare’s major soliloquies are not reducible to categories
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    • But at the same time, these issues are not reducible to the anti-capitalist struggle.
    • Ethics, one might say, enshrines the principle that subjectivity is not reducible to objective analysis.
    • Second, unlike the Left, green politics are not based on class and their analyses are not reducible to class.
  • 2 Mathematics (Of a polynomial) able to be factorized into two or more polynomials of lower degree.
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    • This fraction too can be reduced, and perhaps the new one will be reducible too.
  • 2.1(Of a group) expressible as the direct product of two of its subgroups.



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  • Schur was also interested in reducibility, location of roots and the construction of the Galois group of classes of polynomials such as Laguerre and Hermite polynomials.
  • Further work by G D Birkhoff introduced the concept of reducibility (defined above) on which most later work rested.
  • This reading is bolstered by Alexander's discussion of the reducibility of chemistry to physics, on which he is neutral.

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