sum of its parts

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A concept in holism. Related to the idea that the total effectiveness of a group of things each interacting with one another is different or greater than their effectiveness when acting in isolation from one another.
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Together, the ant colony was greater than the sum of its parts.

Submitted on July 07, 2010

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