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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: Medieval Latin totalis, from Latin totus 'whole'

total

1 adjective
     
to‧tal1 S1 W1
1 [usually before noun] complete, or as great as is possible
total failure/disaster
The sales campaign was a total disaster.
a total ban on cigarette advertising
He looked at her with a total lack of comprehension.
a sport that demands total commitment
2

total number/amount/cost etc

HMN the number, amount etc that is the total:
total sales of 200,000 per year
Her total income was £10,000 a year.

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