Definition of Law of parsimony
1. Noun. The principle that entities should not be multiplied needlessly; the simplest of two competing theories is to be preferred.
Generic synonyms: Principle, Rule
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Literary usage of Law of parsimony
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1. Philosophy and Civilization in the Middle Ages by Maurice Wulf (1922)
"Need of universality; the "law of parsimony." ii. Excess resulting from the felt need of simplifying without limit; the geocentric system and the ..."
2. Popular Science Monthly (1902)
"Parasitism, indeed, throughout the organic world is only an application of the law of parsimony. Pauperism produced in the manner described is social ..."
3. The Divine Pedigree of Man, Or, The Testimony of Evolution and Psychology to by Thomson Jay Hudson (1899)
"The Mind of each Sentient Creature a Part of the Divine Mind.— Logical Rules of Investigation. — The Law of Parsimony. ..."
4. A Text-book of Sociology by James Quayle Dealey, Lester Frank Ward (1905)
"The law of parsimony : 37. Shown in the pursuit of interests. 29. IT is the function of methodology in social science to classify social phenomena in such a ..."