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[hoh-lis-tik] /hoʊˈlɪs tɪk/
incorporating the concept of holism, or the idea that the whole is more than merely the sum of its parts, in theory or practice:
holistic psychology.
Medicine/Medical. identifying with principles of holism in a system of therapeutics, especially one considered outside the mainstream of scientific medicine, as naturopathy or chiropractic, and often involving nutritional measures: holistic medicine.
Origin of holistic
1926; hol(ism) + -istic
Related forms
holistically, adverb
Can be confused
holistic, wholistic. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for holistically
  • They are less hung up on specific numerical qualifiers, and looking holistically at students.
  • Though he was initially advised to begin radiation treatments, he has so far chosen to treat the disease holistically.
  • The river basin is treated holistically-the only way to promote balanced, sustainable use of the river's resources.
  • Lawyers collaborating with social service agencies can look at the client more holistically.
  • Membership is open to nurses and other individuals interested in holistically-oriented health care practices.
  • We treat our dairy goats as holistically as possible.
  • Written compositions are part of the test battery and are scored holistically.
British Dictionary definitions for holistically


of or relating to a doctrine of holism
of or relating to the the medical consideration of the complete person, physically and psychologically, in the treatment of a disease
Derived Forms
holistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for holistically



1939, from holism + -istic. Holistic medicine is first attested 1960. Related: Holistically.

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