Occam's razor

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EtymologyEdit

After William of Occam, an advocate of the law of parsimony, and the idea of a razor as a tool that trims or shaves. See citations for coinage.

NounEdit

Occam's razor

  1. The principle that entities should not be needlessly multiplied.
  2. (sciences) The principle of preferring the simpler of two competing theories.

SynonymsEdit

  • law of parsimony

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Last modified on 7 October 2013, at 10:59