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
Recent Examples on the Web All money is, really, is the sum total of a person’s choices. Andy Meek, BGR, 30 Mar. 2022 The answer lies in the fact that there are many stressors on race day, and success in an ultramarathon has far more to do with your ability to cope with the sum total of those stressors than with just the capacity of your cardiovascular system. Jason Koop, Outside Online, 19 July 2017 The sum total of the impact of chronic stress can add up to a shorter life. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, 10 Mar. 2022 The sum total of the new legislative efforts could come in addition to the punishing sanctions that the Biden administration has already imposed on the Kremlin and its wealthy, supportive elite. Tony Romm, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Mar. 2022 Official data from the report noted that the 10 richest men, which includes kingpins Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, increased in sum total their salaries from $700 billion to $1.5 trillion from March of 2020 to November of 2021. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, 19 Jan. 2022 Who better than Larry to belittle the sum total of human achievement and be wrong. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Feb. 2022 The plays resulted in a short completion and a sack, the sum total being a loss of one yard. Los Angeles Times, 8 Oct. 2021 Last month more than 1,000 employees at consulting firm McKinsey signed an open letter to the firm’s top partners, urging them to disclose the sum total of their clients’ carbon emissions. Emma Specter, Vogue, 10 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of sum total

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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30 Apr 2022

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“Sum total.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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