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sum and substance

Definition of sum and substance

  1. :  the general or basic meaning of something said or written <the sum and substance of an argument>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  an indefinite or specified amount of money

    :  the whole amount :  aggregate

    :  the utmost degree :  summit

  1. :  to calculate the sum of :  total

    :  summarize

    :  to reach a sum :  amount

  1. :  essential nature :  essence

    :  a fundamental or characteristic part or quality

    :  god

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