Definition of Holism:

  1. The theory that parts of a whole are in intimate interconnection, such that they cannot exist independently of the whole, or cannot be understood without reference to the whole, which is thus regarded as greater than the sum of its parts. Holism is often applied to mental states, language, and ecology.

  2. Systems worldview or methodology based on the observation that a whole is greater than the sum of its parts, displays properties (called emergent) neither possessed by its components nor anticipated from their analysis, and that the nature of a thing or a complex system cannot be understood by breaking it apart but only by looking at in its totality. Opposite of reductionism.

How to use Holism in a sentence?

  1. In contrast, qualitative methods seek to represent holism and to provide contextual knowledge of the phenomenon being studied.

Meaning of Holism & Holism Definition