Definition of irreducible in English:

irreducible

Pronunciation /ˌi(r)rəˈd(y)o͞osəb(ə)l/ /ˌɪ(r)rəˈd(j)usəb(ə)l/

adjective

  • 1Not able to be reduced or simplified.

    ‘literature is often irreducible to normative ideas’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Instead, evil becomes abstract and inescapable, defiant of natural law and irreducible to a single bad person or wrong action.’
    • ‘Its possible meanings are many, complex, and like all great poetry, irreducible to simple generalizations.’
    • ‘This phenomenon is, of course, ultimately intangible, irreducible to any given couplet or guitar line.’
    • ‘The explanation of a phenomenon is irreducible to a statement of the event that happens to precede it.’
    • ‘In its utter simplicity lies its irreducible brutality.’
    • ‘If they do, we may be able dispense with irreducible moral facts.’
    • ‘Possible worlds cannot be reduced to something more basic - they are irreducible entities in their own right.’
    • ‘Since an intelligent designer is not restricted to incremental change, he is able to create irreducible mechanisms without any difficulty.’
    • ‘Interpersonal relations at their most irreducible level - person to person - are fraught with misunderstandings and miscommunications.’
    • ‘By contrast, there's always been something irreducible about Ferry, something (about himself and his sensibility) he couldn't escape.’
    • ‘Football's violence, it is true, is contained within rules and conventions, and controlled by a punishment regime, but it is also irreducible.’
    • ‘There is an irreducible mystery to the process.’
    • ‘The intelligent design argument counters evolution by claiming some processes are irreducible and couldn't have come about piecemeal.’
    • ‘I have been asking myself and I could not find any answer in scientific manner, which is irreducible, simple and general.’
    • ‘I believe in the moral integrity of human beings, and that it is innate, is irreducible, and cannot be spoken about too much or too often.’
    • ‘It remains impossible to decipher the irreducible core within McConnell's administration.’
    • ‘For him the truth of any matter, especially its scientific truth, was irreducible.’
    1. 1.1Not able to be brought to a certain form or condition.
      ‘the imagery remains irreducible to textual structures’
      • ‘Everything that comes from the divine is radically irreducible to a phenomenon or a theme.’
      • ‘On the face of it, genius seems irreducible to sociological dissection.’
      • ‘Like Adorno, Danto believes that art is irreducible to the stuff of which it is made.’
      • ‘They assume both intersubjectivity and something that is irreducible to intersubjectivity.’
      • ‘This thesis is distinct from the thesis that intentional phenomena are irreducible to physical phenomena, since one could hold the former without holding the latter.’

Pronunciation

irreducible

/ˌi(r)rəˈd(y)o͞osəb(ə)l/ /ˌɪ(r)rəˈd(j)usəb(ə)l/