upon the whole


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.
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            This not the whole of life to live,
            Nor all of death to die.              --J.
                                                  Montgomery.
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   2. A regular combination of parts; a system.
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            Parts answering parts shall slide into a whole.
                                                  --Pope.
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   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.
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   Syn: Totality; total; amount; aggregate; gross.
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