Definition of holistic in English:

holistic

adjective

Philosophy
  • 1Characterized by comprehension of the parts of something as intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole.

    • ‘These two books bring a holistic approach to the analysis of transport and transport networks.’
    • ‘Moreover, holistic method has proved useful in the hard sciences, for example in the geological theory of plate tectonics.’
    • ‘If so, a paradigm shift to the holistic approach might be managed.’
    • ‘I think where Chaos and Complexity theory are really going, is, a holistic understanding of the universe.’
    • ‘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 physical symptoms of a disease.
      • ‘They offer a holistic approach to cancer care, which helps the whole family, not just the sufferer.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We believe that recovery is a process that heals the whole person therefore, we take a holistic approach to treatment.’
      • ‘These clinics also employ holistic approaches to cancer treatment such as meditation, visualisation, massage and so on.’

Pronunciation:

holistic

/hōˈlistik/