as a whole
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All parts or aspects considered, altogether, as in I like the play as a whole, though the second act seemed somewhat slow. [Early 1800s] Also see on the whole.
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as a rule, asarum, as . . . as, Asat, saving grace, a, as a whole, asb., Asben, as best one can, asbestos, asbestos cement
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How to use as a whole in a sentence
The relevancy of the integrated dress-as-a-whole is quite strong.The Eyes Have It|Gordon Randall Garrett
Without feedback, control was impossible, and the organism-as-a-whole slowly deteriorated until death was inevitable.The Highest Treason|Randall Garrett