UK [rɪˈdʌktɪv] / US adjective formal
describing or explaining something in such a simple way that you miss important details

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  • 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

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  • Reductive dual pair — In the mathematical field of representation theory, a reductive dual pair is a pair of subgroups (G,G ′) of the isometry group Sp(W) of a symplectic vector space W, such that G is the centralizer of G ′ in Sp(W) and vice versa, and these groups… …   Wikipedia

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