sum total


Definition of sum total 

1 : a total arrived at through the counting of sums

2 : total result : totality

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Examples of sum total in a Sentence

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

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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 The Hubble constant reflects the sum total of all the stuff in the universe and the forces acting on it—weighing in on whether gravity or the void will ultimately win this intergalactic tug-of-war. Lee Billings, Scientific American, "Cosmic Conflict: Diverging Data on Universe’s Expansion Polarizes Scientists," 16 May 2018 If that had been the case last summer, perhaps there would not have been this slide back to .500, which remains the sum total of these past two seasons and this largely stagnant roster. Ira Winderman,, "Winderman: If Heat are content, are they also in denial? | Commentary," 28 Apr. 2018 In addition to the sum total $2 payout, the city of Philadelphia will launch a $200,000 grant that will go toward pilot program for high school students who aspire to be entrepreneurs, The Washington Post reported. Araceli Cruz, Teen Vogue, "Following Starbucks Arrests, Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson Convinced Philadelphia to Set Up Charity Program," 2 May 2018 But with the Expansion, Callisto is the sum total of the reporting process, and that makes the next steps much more nebulous. Lux Alptraum, The Verge, "Can Callisto transform how Silicon Valley deals with sexual harassment?," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of sum total

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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