Definition of gestalt in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɡəˈSHtält/
(also Gestalt)

noun (plural gestalten /-ˈSHtältn/ /-ˈSHtôltn/ or gestalts)

An organized whole that is perceived as more than the sum of its parts.
Example sentences
  • I'm not sure I have great art inside of me, but there's something in my gut that seeks to express the gestalt I experience and perceive.
  • To the best of our knowledge, the taxonomy of motivational domains above has not yet been tested empirically as a gestalt, through a substantive sample of emigrants.
  • Several data sources were used to grasp the gestalt of symbolic-experiential therapy.



Example sentences
  • Informational framing is nothing else than a part of informational gestaltism by which various causal possibilities of formulas come into existence.
  • During the second unit of study you will be studying the three major viewpoints in psychology that emerged after the first psychology failed: functionalism, behaviorism, and gestaltism.
  • For some brief comment on gestaltism, see the section on gestalt approaches to perception.


Example sentences
  • Hebb, a good gestaltist, tells us that the dynamic properties of the brain lead it to project pattern where pattern is missing.
  • The emotive word led the two gestaltists to also overlook my contrary concept on the preceding page.
  • Rock is a gestaltist who left the Gestalt circle and came up with his own theory.


1920s: from German Gestalt, literally 'form, shape'.

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