law of parsimony
Date: 1837 Occam's razor

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  • law of parsimony — law′ of par′simony n. pho Occam s razor • Etymology: 1830–40 …   From formal English to slang

  • law of parsimony — noun the principle that entities should not be multiplied needlessly; the simplest of two competing theories is to be preferred • Syn: ↑Occam s Razor, ↑Ockham s Razor, ↑principle of parsimony • Hypernyms: ↑principle, ↑rule …   Useful english dictionary

  • law of parsimony — Philos. a principle according to which an explanation of a thing or event is made with the fewest possible assumptions. Cf. Occam s razor. [1830 40] * * * …   Universalium

  • Law of Parsimony — Occam s razor (other things being equal, the simpler hypothesis is chosen) …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • principle (or law) of parsimony — the scientific principle that things are usually connected in the simplest or most economical way. → parsimony …   English new terms dictionary

  • Принцип экономии (law of parsimony) — Согласно П. э., из всех альтернативных теорет. объяснений, в равной степени согласующихся с эмпирическими данными, всегда должны приниматься наиболее простые. Сложные теорет. объяснения с большей вероятностью оказываются ошибочными, чем простые.… …   Психологическая энциклопедия

  • parsimony, law of — Another name for Ockham s razor, or more generally for any methodological principle that counsels us to expect nature to use the simplest possible means to any given end …   Philosophy dictionary

  • principle of parsimony — noun the principle that entities should not be multiplied needlessly; the simplest of two competing theories is to be preferred • Syn: ↑Occam s Razor, ↑Ockham s Razor, ↑law of parsimony • Hypernyms: ↑principle, ↑rule …   Useful english dictionary

  • parsimony — n. 1 carefulness in the use of money or other resources. 2 meanness, stinginess. Phrases and idioms: law of parsimony the assertion that no more causes or forces should be assumed than are necessary to account for the facts. Derivatives:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • parsimony — [ pα:sɪməni] noun extreme unwillingness to spend money or use resources. Phrases principle (or law) of parsimony the scientific principle that things are usually connected in the simplest or most economical way. Origin ME: from L. parsimonia,… …   English new terms dictionary

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