Definition of pars pro toto in English:

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pars pro toto

Pronunciation: /ˌpɑːz prəʊ ˈtəʊtəʊ/

noun

formal
A part or aspect of something taken as representative of the whole: [mass noun]: the magical law of pars pro toto [count noun]: this description is simply by way of a pars pro toto referring to the most important part

Origin

Latin, literally 'part on behalf of the whole'.

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