upon the whole


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upon the whole

Considering all parts or aspects of something together; ultimately. Karen isn't doing well in French this semester, but upon the whole, her grades are good. Upon the whole, we had a great trip, but it was annoying that our flight got delayed.
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And, as for me, if, by any possibility, there be any as yet undiscovered prime thing in me; if I shall ever deserve any real repute in that small but high hushed world which I might not be unreasonably ambitious of; if hereafter I shall do anything that, upon the whole, a man might rather have done than to have left undone; if, at my death, my executors, or more properly my creditors, find any precious MSS.
Upon the whole I am very well content with my first three loves in literature, and if I were to choose for any other boy I do not see how I could choose better than Goldsmith and Cervantes and Irving, kindred spirits, and each not a master only, but a sweet and gentle friend, whose kindness could not fail to profit him.
Upon the whole, the behaviour of these animals was so orderly and rational, so acute and judicious, that I at last concluded they must needs be magicians, who had thus metamorphosed themselves upon some design, and seeing a stranger in the way, resolved to divert themselves with him; or, perhaps, were really amazed at the sight of a man so very different in habit, feature, and complexion, from those who might probably live in so remote a climate.
Upon the whole, it is not religion or virtue, but the want of them, which is here exposed.
But Jo frowned upon the whole project and would have nothing to do with it at first.
This hitch in the mainspring of the domestic machinery had a bad effect upon the whole concern, but Amy's motto was `Nil desperandum', and having made up her mind what to do, she proceeded to do it in spite of all obstacles.
The circumstances which may have led to any national miscarriage or misfortune are sometimes so complicated that, where there are a number of actors who may have had different degrees and kinds of agency, though we may clearly see upon the whole that there has been mismanagement, yet it may be impracticable to pronounce to whose account the evil which may have been incurred is truly chargeable.][E1]
Upon the whole, she was equally contented with her view of his feelings.
I have seen a great deal of him, have studied his sentiments and heard his opinion on subjects of literature and taste; and, upon the whole, I venture to pronounce that his mind is well-informed, enjoyment of books exceedingly great, his imagination lively, his observation just and correct, and his taste delicate and pure.
Judges' own misconduct has harmed their reputation to a great extent thus inflicting a stigma upon the whole judicial system.
He called upon the whole world to support the realization of the Palestinian people's national right to self-determination, the right to establish their independent and sovereign state on the Palestinian territories occupied since June 1967 with East Jerusalem as its capital, in addition to the Palestinian refugees' right to return to their homes.
Taking legal action to defend one's IP is never a decision taken lightly and it is incumbent upon the whole legal system to ensure that it's not just the big players who have recourse to justice.
The lives changed when someone dies or is seriously injured on our roads extends to family and friends and impacts upon the whole community, he says.
Spending time with my own young grandchildren this week, I've worried about the impact of such a decision upon the whole of their lives, about the future we are creating for them.
"It is based upon the whole credit strength of the business," Lee explains.