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- (uncountable) The quality or degree of being irreducible.
- 1779, Percivall Pott, The Chirurgical Works of Percivall Pott, volume 3, page 305:
- I gave them account of what I had seen of the case, of my opinion concerning the irreducibility of the rupture, and that it had no share in the present complaint; at the same time desiring my colleague to examine for himself.
- (countable) Something that is irreducible.
- 1997, John S. Ransom, Foucault's discipline: the politics of subjectivity, page 130:
- There is plebs in bodies, in souls, in individuals, in the proletariat, in the bourgeoisie, but everywhere in a diversity of forms and extensions, of energies and irreducibilities.