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gestalt

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noun ge·stalt \gə-ˈstält, -ˈshtält, -ˈstȯlt, -ˈshtȯlt\

Simple Definition of gestalt

  • psychology : something that is made of many parts and yet is somehow more than or different from the combination of its parts; broadly : the general quality or character of something

Full Definition of gestalt

plural ge·stalts also ge·stalt·en play \-ˈstäl-tən, -ˈshtäl-, -ˈstȯl-, -ˈshtȯl-\

  1. :  a structure, configuration, or pattern of physical, biological, or psychological phenomena so integrated as to constitute a functional unit with properties not derivable by summation of its parts

Examples of gestalt

  1. the gestalt of human consciousness



Origin of gestalt

German, literally, shape, form


First Known Use: 1922


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gestalt

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noun ge·stalt \gə-ˈs(h)tält, -ˈs(h)tȯlt\

Medical Definition of gestalt

plural ge·stalt·en \-ən\play or gestalts

  1. :  a structure, arrangement, or pattern of physical, biological, or psychological phenomena so integrated as to constitute a functional unit with properties not derivable by summation of its parts




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