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sum total

complete numerical total:
the sum total of my savings.
essence; substance:
The sum total of research in the field.
Origin of sum total
1350-1400; Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The sum total of patent fees paid to the government is unknown.
  • Hazards there will always be in pioneering, but these are but an item in the sum total of the price of progress.
  • And the solicitation isn't the sum total of his marketing.
  • Each work of criticism is supposed to build upon the existing body of work, to increase the sum total of human understanding.
  • It adds nothing to the value of the sum total of the rude produce of the land.
  • Indeed, it is a sum total of experiences and observations, either their direct expression or their elaboration.
  • The sum total of the varietals, it turns out, amounts to approximately the predicted number.
  • As a result, the sum total of all the domains gives the piece a zero magnetic moment.
  • It will simply be the sum total of people taking their custom elsewhere in an attempt to avoid inconvenience.
  • These axons may be long, but they are few in number--so the sum total of axon lengths is still minimized.
Idioms and Phrases with sum total

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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