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on the whole

Definition of on the whole

  1. 1 —used to say what one thinks is true, what should be done, etc., when a situation is considered in a general way <On the whole, I think we've made progress from last week.> <On the whole, it seemed best to cut the visit short.>

  2. 2 :  in general :  in most cases <He did a great job on the whole.> <On the whole, new parents reported that they were adapting very well to parenthood.>



Word by Word Definitions

wholeplay
  1. :  free of wound or injury :  unhurt

    :  recovered from a wound or injury :  restored

    :  being healed

  1. :  a complete amount or sum :  a number, aggregate, or totality lacking no part, member, or element

    :  something constituting a complex unity :  a coherent system or organization of parts fitting or working together as one

  1. :  wholly, entirely

    :  as a complete entity



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