irreducible

Something irreducible is as simple, basic, or straightforward as it possibly can be.

How a certain person grows up to be a genius is irreducible to the sum of her experiences and genetic material — it's not that simple. And you might say that you can't generalize about your favorite poet, that her brilliant work is irreducible to such simplification. Irreducible is a big word, but it basically just means "you can't make it any simpler than this."

Definitions of irreducible
1

adj incapable of being made smaller or simpler

“an irreducible minimum”
“an irreducible formula”
“an irreducible hernia”
Antonyms:
reducible
capable of being reduced

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