as a whole
- (idiomatic) Considered all together.
1735, John Kirkby, Arithmetical Institutions: Containing a Compleat System of Arithmetic Natural, Logarithmical, and Algebraical:
- If a Bushel of Wheat be considered as a Whole whose Parts are Eight Gallons, and if Five of those Gallons be assumed, then the remaining Three are the Complement of that Part to the Whole.
1898, J. Beattie Crozier, Civilization and progress, page 145:
- And just as it is only the animal organism as a whole that can be regarded as a real entity, the calls of which it is composed having no distinct independent life, so Comte constantly repeats that 'Humanity is the only real existence, the individual being a mere metaphysical abstraction.'
2013 September 28, Kenan Malik, “London Is Special, but Not That Special”, in New York Times:
- Economically, too, London is startlingly different. The capital, unlike the country as a whole, has no budget deficit: London’s public spending matches the taxes paid in the city. The average Londoner contributes 70 percent more to Britain’s national income than people in the rest of the country.