Upon the whole
Whole Whole, n. 1. The entire thing; the entire assemblage of parts; totality; all of a thing, without defect or exception; a thing complete in itself. [1913 Webster]

``This not the whole of life to live, Nor all of death to die. --J. Montgomery. [1913 Webster]

2. A regular combination of parts; a system. [1913 Webster]

Parts answering parts shall slide into a whole. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

{Committee of the whole}. See under {Committee}.

{Upon the whole}, considering all things; taking everything into account; in view of all the circumstances or conditions. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Totality; total; amount; aggregate; gross. [1913 Webster]


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