in toto


in to·​to in-ˈtō-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce in toto (audio)

Examples of in toto in a Sentence

The judge accepted the testimony in toto.
Recent Examples on the Web But these dispatches, considered in toto, are a hectic, interwoven document that can take us, much like the best novels do, from tears to laughter and back in a single sitting. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, 6 Feb. 2024 More persuasive to the court, perhaps, for judges (and justices), overruling Chevron in toto would yield insufferable headaches. Simon Lazarus, The New Republic, 2 Oct. 2023 And meanwhile, in the intervals between these disabling episodes, came the parade of book after book (31 in toto), award after award, and lover after lover, some long-lasting, others petering out when staleness set in, or when the heat of romance turned into genuine friendship. New York Times, 1 Apr. 2021 In fact, the first farmers in Cyprus perfectly replicated the physical culture of the nearby mainland in toto. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 11 Dec. 2010 In other words, becoming a parent is not an increment of individual utility in toto. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 19 June 2012 The original manuscript of one such talk on Kafka survives and can today be read in toto. Cynthia Ozick, The Atlantic, 3 Aug. 2022 But the better way to eliminate investment uncertainty would be for FERC to rescind the proposal in toto. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 24 Mar. 2022 The monster tech stocks’ market value (how much their stock is worth in toto), also known as market capitalization, remain astonishing, with four of them weighing in at over $1 trillion and Meta not far behind at $819 billion. Larry Light, Fortune, 28 Jan. 2022

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Word History


Latin, on the whole

First Known Use

1796, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of in toto was in 1796

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“In toto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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in toto

in to·​to in-ˈtō-tō How to pronounce in toto (audio)
: as a whole : in total
admitted the disputed testimony in toto
refused to allow the will in toto

Latin, on the whole

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