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As a whole


In its entirety. Usually. In total; altogether.  Referencing ‘whole’ proclaims always, but this phrase is modified by ‘as a’ to be almost always. Not a strict rule or habit but more of an inclination or aspiration. (Compare to All things considered.)

 “As a whole, I don’t like rice, but I’ll eat it sometimes.”

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