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[toh-tal-i-tee] /toʊˈtæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural totalities.
something that is total or constitutes a total; the total amount; a whole.
the state of being total; entirety.
Astronomy, total obscuration in an eclipse.
1590-1600; total + -ity Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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  • The typical approach mentality of people today is to narrow down a problem, but miss the overall impact in the totality of things.
  • The totality of their evidence proves this with unswerving consistency.
  • Education is more than college, more even than the totality of your formal schooling, from kindergarten through graduate school.
  • They all have their place in the totality of the human search for understanding.
  • The totality of that is intimately related to the totality of the universe.
  • When the totality of sugar is digested, the yeasts are recovered to treat the next batch.
  • Holistic property is the result of never ending entanglement of all totality of quanta present in information space.
  • But the totality is comprised of its apparent parts.
  • Humor is not a reflection of the totality of cultural ideas on a topic.
  • But the totality of the suffering and horrific nature of genocide has to be evil in every instance.
British Dictionary definitions for totality


noun (pl) -ties
the whole amount
the state of being total
the state or period of an eclipse when light from the eclipsed body is totally obscured
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Word Origin and History for totality

1590s, from total (adj.) + -ity. In the eclipse sense, from 1842.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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