Synonyms and related words:
ablative, arrested, backward, coarse, conceptually crude, contractive, crude, declining, decreasing, decrescendo, decrescent, deductive, deliquescent, diminishing, diminuendo, dwindling, embryonic, erosive, in embryo, in ovo, in the rough, intellectually childish, languishing, lessening, on the wane, oversimple, reductionistic, rough, roughcast, roughhewn, rude, rudimental, rudimentary, simplistic, stunted, subsiding, subtractive, unblown, uncultivated, uncultured, uncut, underdeveloped, undeveloped, unfashioned, unfinished, unformed, unhewn, unlabored, unlicked, unpolished, unprocessed, unrefined, untreated, unworked, unwrought, waning

Moby Thesaurus. . 1996.

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  • Reductive — Re*duc tive ( t?v), a. [Cf. F. r[ e]ductif.] Tending to reduce; having the power or effect of reducing. n. A reductive agent. Sir M. Hale. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • reductive — 1650s, from M.L. reductivus, from reducere (see REDUCE (Cf. reduce)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • reductive — ► ADJECTIVE 1) tending to present a subject or problem in a simplified form, especially one viewed as crude. 2) relating to chemical reduction. DERIVATIVES reductively adverb reductiveness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • reductive — [ri duk′tiv] adj. [ML reductivus] 1. of or characterized by reduction or reductionism 2. reducing or tending to reduce reductively adv …   English World dictionary

  • reductive — reductively, adv. reductiveness, n. /ri duk tiv/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, characterized by, or producing reduction or abridgment: an urgent need for reductive measures. 2. of or pertaining to change from one form to another. 3. of, pertaining… …   Universalium

  • reductive — [[t]rɪdʌ̱ktɪv[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n (disapproval) If you describe something such as a theory or a work of art as reductive, you disapprove of it because it reduces complex things to simple elements. [FORMAL] Jill Mann persuasively resists… …   English dictionary

  • reductive — adjective characterized by or causing diminution or curtailment their views of life were reductive and depreciatory R.H.Rovere • Similar to: ↑subtractive • Derivationally related forms: ↑reduce …   Useful english dictionary

  • reductive — adjective Date: 1633 1. of, relating to, causing, or involving reduction 2. of or relating to reductionism ; reductionistic • reductively adverb • reductiveness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • reductive — adjective a) Of, pertaining to, or causing reduction. b) Of or pertaining to reductionism or reductivism …   Wiktionary

  • reductive — reductionism …   Philosophy dictionary

  • reductive — re·duc·tive ri dək tiv adj of, relating to, causing, or involving reduction …   Medical dictionary