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[ toh-tal-i-tee ]


, plural to·tal·i·ties.
  1. something that is total or constitutes a total; the total amount; a whole.
  2. the state of being total; entirety.
  3. Astronomy. total obscuration in an eclipse.


/ təʊˈtælɪtɪ /


  1. the whole amount
  2. the state of being total
  3. the state or period of an eclipse when light from the eclipsed body is totally obscured
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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Word History and Origins

Origin of totality1

First recorded in 1590–1600; total + -ity
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Example Sentences

This may sound like many games, but it doesn’t encompass the totality of what video games can offer.

Taken in totality, Google’s recent announcements on its expanding use of natural language understanding algorithms represent a major evolution in how it determines what content gets surfaced in the search results.

It’s mind-boggling in the totality of ambition to so deeply undermine what’s so vitally important to the public.

The metrics are meant to be evaluated in their totality, he said.

Many others, she guessed, didn’t know the totality of the QAnon beliefs, or even that the reason they were being exposed to the conspiracy theory was its vast social-media network.

In any case, culling a manageable array from the totality of splendid volumes has with each year become more difficult.

In the case of Darren Sharper we will see how the courts and public perceptions treat his totality.

From that limited contact he imagines the totality of their life together, every touch, glimpse, insecurity, and kindness.

Given this totality, public distrust of Washington should come as no surprise.

How do we capture the totality of the thing in a handful of words?

The totality of his impressions washed through him with a clear wave of icy shock.

Each of them remains one, such as it was; but two can be asserted of their totality, and one of each of them separately.

If the body be the composite of all the qualities together with matter, this totality of qualities will constitute corporeity.

All these organs, however, are implied in the unity of the animal, and they are inferior only relatively to the totality.

The totality (of the intelligible world) is beautiful, because what is common (to all beings), does not offer any differences.