Gestalt

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Gestalt is a German word meaning shape or form. In English gestalt refers to the concept where an entity's properties cannot be discovered from the total properties of its parts. The more general English equivalents are synergy, holism, emergence, and variations on the phrase the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

  • Gestalt was also the name of an environment-query function in Mac OS.
  • Gestalt is also a term used in Dungeons and Dragons to represent a warrior/arcane mage multiclass combination or character concept, although the term can be more generally used to describe when the features of two or more classes are combined to create a 'mixed' class at first level (also known as taking apprentice levels.)
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