- complete numerical total: the sum total of my savings.
- essence; substance: The sum total of research in the field.
Origin of sum total
Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
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Examples from the Web for sum total
A cook, a butler, and a valet were the sum-total of his retinue.The Lure of the Mask
That, at least, was the sum-total as it presented itself to him, and on which he framed his conclusions.Michael
E. F. Benson
We cannot evaluate progress as an increase in a sum-total of happiness.Progress and History
(a) Rows of raw fact; (b) Principles, spiritual or sum-total facts.The Lost Art of Reading
Gerald Stanley Lee
Consequently the sum-total that you ought to have in hand soon is—how much?Childhood
Idioms and Phrases with sum total
The entirety, everything, as in I spent all day in the kitchen and the sum total of my efforts is this cake. [Mid-1600s]
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