# sum total

### noun

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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## Related Words for sum total

summation, totality, aggregate, all, amount, body, budget, bulk, entirety, gross, jackpot, mass, quantity, quantum, result, sum, tale## Examples from the Web for sum total

### Historical Examples of sum total

A cook, a butler, and a valet were the sum-total of his retinue.

The Lure of the MaskHarold MacGrath

That, at least, was the sum-total as it presented itself to him, and on which he framed his conclusions.

MichaelE. F. Benson

We cannot evaluate progress as an increase in a sum-total of happiness.

Progress and HistoryVarious

(a) Rows of raw fact; (b) Principles, spiritual or sum-total facts.

The Lost Art of ReadingGerald Stanley Lee

Consequently the sum-total that you ought to have in hand soon is—how much?

ChildhoodLeo Tolstoy

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