sum and substance

noun

Definition of sum and substance

: the general or basic meaning of something said or written
  • the sum and substance of an argument

Word by Word Definitions

sum play
  1. : an indefinite or specified amount of money

  2. : the whole amount : aggregate

  3. : the utmost degree : summit

  1. : to calculate the sum of : total

  2. : summarize

  3. : to reach a sum : amount

  1. the basic monetary unit of Uzbekistan — see Money Table

substance play
  1. : essential nature : essence

  2. : a fundamental or characteristic part or quality

  3. : god


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