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 individual parts still work, but the sum total is stuck in neutral. Paul Sullivan,, "Column: Cubs’ road woes continue, and life imitates a grim Norman Rockwell painting," 28 July 2019 In 2018, the city’s tax levy, or sum total of all property taxes collected, increased by about 19 percent as a direct result of the shift. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Legal appeal fights mill and overlay charges, seeks to move them onto St. Paul property taxes," 11 July 2019 The sum total of all that innovation is less total cardboard, and lots of other materials. Andrew Mcafee, WIRED, "How the iPhone Helped Save the Planet," 29 June 2019 The sum total of all these economies accounts for more than 17% of the global GDP. Akshat Rathi, Quartz, "The growing list of countries committing to a net-zero emissions goal," 27 June 2019 The sum total is a mix of ideas that smack of desperation and panic. The Economist, "The Tories are throwing away their reputation for economic prudence," 14 June 2019 But the sum total of its parts amounts to far more than a music store and a concert venue. Julia Wick,, "Essential California week in review: A surge in L.A. County’s homeless numbers," 8 June 2019 The sum total of the DNA contained in the 23 pairs of chromosomes is the genome. Quanta Magazine, "Genetic Geometry Takes Shape," 25 Feb. 2015 Having become a shell of a woman, our poor children would have received the sum total of my cavernous insecurity. Reema Zaman, Vogue, "The Woman I Would Have Been Had I Let Myself Love You," 13 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of sum total

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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