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Definition of "holism" []

  • The theory that living matter or reality is made up of organic or unified wholes that are greater than the simple sum of their parts. (noun)
  • A holistic investigation or system of treatment. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "holism" in a sentence
  • "In nature life and death occur all the time and often as not there's nothing needful about death; that sort of "circle of life" holism is strictly Disney stuff."
  • "This is an expression of holism, but in Vedic philosophy, holism is imbued with spirituality."
  • "Too many of us fail to extend the definition of holism so that it includes humanity."