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system, noun

functional entity formed by a group of interacting, interrelated or interdependent parts

Etymology: from the Latin systēma, which in turn is derived from the Greek σύστημα meaning “together”.

[Source: adapted from Wikipedia]

Remark: We deal with holistic systems. The general principle of holism was concisely summarized by Aristotle in the paper Metaphysics: "The whole is more than the sum of its parts."

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