sum total


Definition of sum total 

1 : a total arrived at through the counting of sums

2 : total result : totality

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in this case the sum total of physical evidence that a crime has been committed wouldn't fill a thimble

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Bitcoin, while not the only cryptocurrency that functions on this basic premise, is greedier than most of its crypto-counterparts—the sum total of Bitcoin's electricity consumption slightly trails the entire country of Denmark. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Mining For Bitcoin Can Require More Energy Than Actually Mining," 6 Nov. 2018 But the rampant psychological reductivism of the present age—which defines a man as the sum total of his drives and aversions—had not set in yet in Melville’s day. James Gardner, WSJ, "Debilitated, But Infinitely Human," 31 Aug. 2018 The sum total of Gracia’s technical responsibilities is to organize practice, send out the team for matches, and direct those 90 minutes. WSJ, "Watford’s Premier League Survival Strategy: Don’t Let the Coach Get Too Comfortable," 14 Sep. 2018 The sum total of legal caviar production in the world in 2010 was estimated at 71 tons, of which a mere eight tons were taken from wild fish. David Samuels, Town & Country, "One Bad Egg," 18 Oct. 2013 The sum total of the preparation was a single trip by Trump’s national-security adviser, John Bolton, to Moscow. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: GOP candidates caught in a bind on Medicaid," 13 July 2018 But that’s the sum total of the strategy: There seems to be no plan besides the unwavering belief that escalating economic pressure will eventually break the Chinese. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Why Trump Might Lose His Trade War With China," 9 July 2018 Netflix did not reveal the sum total of the deal, but it has been known to shell out a lot for big names. Rebecca Farley,, "Rejoice In The Possibilities! Barack & Michelle Obama Signed Multi-Year Netflix Deal," 21 May 2018 The sum total, however, is poor-to-nonexistent performance year round which, when pondered, is quite an achievement in architectural buffoonery. Ken Goe,, "Tinker Hatfield blasts Hayward Field design adopted by the University of Oregon," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of sum total

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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