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Origin of well-rounded

First recorded in 1870–75
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adjective (well rounded when postpositive)
  1. rounded in shape or well developeda well-rounded figure
  2. full, varied, and satisfyinga well-rounded life
  3. well planned and balanceda well-rounded programme
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Word Origin and History for well-rounded

1796, from well (adv.) + past participle of round (v.). Figurative sense is from mid-19c.

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