greater than the sum of its parts

greater than the sum of its parts
more/greater than the sum of its parts
more powerful, effective, etc. as a whole than you would think if you considered the different features or parts that it consists of: »

The claimed logic of this latest merger is that the whole will be more than the sum of the parts.

Main Entry: sum

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • greater than the sum of its parts — greater/more/than the sum of its parts phrase forming a better or stronger combination than you would expect from each of the individual parts The movie has a simple story, but it’s greater than the sum of its parts. Thesaurus: words used to… …   Useful english dictionary

  • more/greater than the sum of its parts — ► more powerful, effective, etc. as a whole than you would think if you considered the different features or parts that it consists of: »The claimed logic of this latest merger is that the whole will be more than the sum of the parts. Main Entry …   Financial and business terms

  • (be) greater than the sum of its parts — be greater/more than the ˌsum of its ˈparts idiom to be better or more effective as a group than you would think just by looking at the individual members of the group Main entry: ↑sumidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • more than the sum of its parts — greater/more/than the sum of its parts phrase forming a better or stronger combination than you would expect from each of the individual parts The movie has a simple story, but it’s greater than the sum of its parts. Thesaurus: words used to… …   Useful english dictionary

  • more than the sum of its parts — more/greater than the sum of its parts ► more powerful, effective, etc. as a whole than you would think if you considered the different features or parts that it consists of: »The claimed logic of this latest merger is that the whole will be more …   Financial and business terms

  • (be) more than the sum of its parts — be greater/more than the ˌsum of its ˈparts idiom to be better or more effective as a group than you would think just by looking at the individual members of the group Main entry: ↑sumidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • sum of its parts — see ↑sum, 1 • • • Main Entry: ↑part sum of its parts ◇ Something that is greater/better/more than the sum of its parts is better or more effective as a team, combination, etc., than you would expect it to be when you look at the different parts… …   Useful english dictionary

  • sum of its parts — noun 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. Together, the ant colony …   Wiktionary

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  • sum — sum1 W2S3 [sʌm] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(money)¦ 2 the sum of something 3 greater/more/better etc than the sum of its parts 4¦(calculation)¦ 5 do your sums 6 in sum ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: summe, from Latin s …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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