Holism meaning

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The definition of holism is a theory suggesting that parts can only be understood in relation to the whole.

An example of holism is a theory that believes you cannot break things down to study them, but instead that everything has to be understood in relation to the whole or the sum of its parts.

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The view that an organic or integrated whole has an independent reality which cannot be understood simply through an understanding of its parts.
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A theory or belief that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
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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.
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A holistic investigation or system of treatment.
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A practice based on such theory or belief.
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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.
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A holistic investigation or system of treatment.
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A form of addiction, either physical dependency or obsessive dependency.
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Origin of holism

  • It should be noted that the word alcoholism is broken up into the root, "alcohol", and the suffix "-ism", not "alco" and "-holism". The suffix "-holism" is thus a result of false splitting.

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  • From alcoholism, one of the first addictions to be widely identified both medically and socially.

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  • From hol- (“whole, entire, total”) +‎ -ism.

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