Meaning of holistic in English:


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  • 1Characterized by the belief that the parts of something are interconnected and can be explained only by reference to the whole.

    ‘the solution demands a holistic approach and a strategic vision of what can be achieved’
    • ‘poverty will need to be addressed in a holistic manner’
    • ‘If so, a paradigm shift to the holistic approach might be managed.’
    • ‘Moreover, holistic method has proved useful in the hard sciences, for example in the geological theory of plate tectonics.’
    • ‘I think where Chaos and Complexity theory are really going, is, a holistic understanding of the universe.’
    • ‘These two books bring a holistic approach to the analysis of transport and transport networks.’
    • ‘We will all need to get beyond our individual narrow interests and begin to develop a holistic solution that works for everyone.’
    1. 1.1Medicine Characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the symptoms of an illness.
      ‘many people conclude that holistic medicines are beneficial’
      • ‘a truly alternative holistic medical practice’
      • ‘a holistic therapist’
      • ‘These clinics also employ holistic approaches to cancer treatment such as meditation, visualisation, massage and so on.’
      • ‘We believe that recovery is a process that heals the whole person therefore, we take a holistic approach to treatment.’
      • ‘Our local strategy is based on a holistic view of health care that integrates primary, intermediate, and secondary care.’
      • ‘The following case study demonstrates how she combines all these areas to offer an holistic approach to treatment.’
      • ‘They offer a holistic approach to cancer care, which helps the whole family, not just the sufferer.’



/hə(ʊ)ˈlɪstɪk/ /hɒˈlɪstɪk/


1920s from holism + the adjectival suffix -istic..