[en-tahyuh r-tee, -tahy-ri-]

noun, plural en·tire·ties.

the state of being entire; completeness: Homer's Iliad is rarely read in its entirety.
something that is entire; the whole: He devoted the entirety of his life to medical research.

Origin of entirety

1300–50; Middle English enter(e)te < Middle French entierete < Latin integritāt- (stem of integritās). See integer, -ity
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Historical Examples of entirety

  • Reasons why this system cannot now be carried out in its entirety.

  • This text is a corrected version of the fourth edition of Harrison and Sharp in its entirety.



  • His first duty is to rigidly keep his trust in its entirety.


    Francois Duc De La Rochefoucauld

  • But reflect:—Can one, in its entirety, be in many places at the same time?

  • And if not in its entirety, then it is divided; for it cannot be present with all the parts of being, unless divided.

British Dictionary definitions for entirety


noun plural -ties

the state of being entire or whole; completeness
a thing, sum, amount, etc, that is entire; whole; total
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Word Origin and History for entirety

also entierty, mid-14c., enterete, from Anglo-French entiertie, Old French entiereté "totality, entirety; integrity, purity," from Latin integritatem (nominative integritas) "completeness, soundness, integrity," from integer (see integer).

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