Occam's razor

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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.

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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.

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