Holism Definition

hōlĭzəm
noun
The view that an organic or integrated whole has an independent reality which cannot be understood simply through an understanding of its parts.
Webster's New World
A holistic investigation or system of treatment.
American Heritage Medicine
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.
YourDictionary
A practice based on such theory or belief.
Wiktionary
Synonyms:
  • holistic theory
Antonyms:
suffix
A form of addiction, either physical dependency or obsessive dependency.
Wiktionary
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Other Word Forms of Holism

Noun

Singular:
holism
Plural:
holisms

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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