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holistic

Definition:

emphasizing the organic or functional relation between parts and the whole

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Related to:

holism

Comparative:

more holistic

Superlative:

most holistic

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

in S.African English, from "hol-" + "-istic". Holistic medicine is first...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Holism

the idea that natural systems and their properties, should be viewed as wholes, not as collections of parts. This often includes the view that systems somehow function as wholes and that their functioning cannot be fully understood solely in terms of ... (41 of 4753 words, 3 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Holism

Collins Dictionary:

holistic | wholistic | holistically [adverb, derived]

of or relating to a doctrine of holism | of or relating to the the medical consideration of the complete person, physically and psychologically, in ... (24 of 458 words, 2 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/holistic

Merriam-Webster:

holistic | holistically [adverb, related]

of or relating to holism | relating to or concerned with wholes or with complete systems rather than with the analysis of, treatment of, or dissection ... (25 of 244 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/holistic

Macmillan British Dictionary:

holistic

based on the idea that you should take care of your whole body and mind, rather than just treating a part of the body that is ill | thinking about the ... (30 of 72 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/holistic

Oxford Dictionary:

holistic | wholistic | holistically [derived]

[philosophy] : characterized by the belief that the parts of something are intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole. | ... (22 of 68 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/holistic

Random House Dictionary:

holistic

incorporating the concept of holism in theory or practice. | identifying with principles of holism in a system of therapeutics, especially one ... (21 of 46 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/holistic

American Heritage Dictionary:

holistic | holistically [adverb, related]

Of or relating to holism. | Emphasizing the importance of the whole and the interdependence of its parts. | Concerned with wholes rather than analysis ... (23 of 36 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/holistic

Cambridge Dictionary:

holistic | holistically [adverb, derived]

dealing with or treating the whole of something or someone and not just a part (15 of 36 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/holistic

New World Dictionary:

holistic | holistically [adverb, related]

of or relating to holism | of, concerned with, or dealing with wholes or integrated systems rather than with their parts (20 of 28 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/holistic

Wiktionary:

holistic | atomistic [antonym, sense-specific]

related to holism | Relating to a study of the whole instead of a separation into parts. (16 of 17 words, 2 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/holistic

Britannica Encyclopedia:

holism [philosophy]

In the philosophy of the social sciences, the view that denies that all large-scale social events and conditions are ultimately explicable in terms of ... (24 of 110 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/269274​/holism

Encarta Dictionary:

holistic | holistically [adverb, derived]

characterized by the view that a whole system of beliefs must be analyzed rather than simply its individual components | taking into account all of ... (24 of 58 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861618318​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

holistic

First use: 1903

Origin: in S.African English, from "hol-" + "-istic". Holistic medicine is first attested 1960.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=holistic

Merriam-Webster:

holistic

First use: 1926

Origin: hol- + -ism

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/holistic

hol- | holo-

Origin: Greek, from holos whole

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/hol-

-ism

Origin: Middle English -isme, from Middle French and Latin; Middle French, partly from Latin -isma (from Greek) and partly from Latin ... (20 of 33 etymology words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/-ism

Wiktionary:

holistic

Origin: See holism.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/holistic

holism

Origin: hol- ("whole, entire, total") + -ism.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/holism

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

holistic

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "holistic"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/holistic

Macmillan British Dictionary:

holistic

Audio: British English pronunciation of "holistic"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/holistic

Macmillan American Dictionary:

holistic

Audio: North American pronunciation of "holistic"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/holistic

Cambridge Dictionary:

holistic

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "holistic"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "holistic"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/holistic

the Free Dictionary:

holistic

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "holistic"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "holistic"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "holistic" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/holistic

Google Dictionary:

holistic

Audio: English pronunciation of "holistic"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

holistic

Audio: North American pronunciation of "holistic"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=holist​01 word=holistic

YourDictionary Audio:

holistic

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "holistic" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/holistic

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