Synonyms of 'on the whole'
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1 all in allDictionary, altogether, all things considered
On the whole, I think it's better if I don't come with you.
2 generallyDictionary, in general, for the most part
On the whole, women are having children much later these days.
University teachers generally have admitted a lack of enthusiasm about their subjects.
In general, it was the better educated voters who voted Yes in the referendum.
for the most part
For the most part, they try to keep out of local disputes.
as a rule
As a rule, these tourists take far too many souvenirs with them.
a committee composed chiefly of grey-haired old gentlemen
The birds live mainly on nectar.
I am working with mostly highly motivated people.
This is principally because the major export markets are slowing.
On average we would be spending $200 a day.
The landscape has remained predominantly rural in appearance.
in the main
In the main, children are taboo in the workplace.
to a large extent
as a general rule
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You can use altogether to introduce a summary of what you have been saying.
Altogether, it was a delightful town garden.
Thesaurus for on the whole from the Collins English Thesaurus
You use on the whole to indicate that what you are saying is true in general but may not be true in every case , or that you are giving a general opinion or summary of something.