totality Definition

  • 1the whole of something; the entirety
  • 2the state of being total or absolute

Using totality: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "totality" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The totality of his work is impressive.

  • Example

    The totality of the evidence suggests that he is guilty.

  • Example

    The totality of the situation is not yet clear.

totality Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for totality

Antonyms for totality

Phrases with totality

  • as a whole; in its entirety


    We need to consider the problem in its totality before making any decisions.

  • totality of the circumstances

    a legal term referring to the entire context in which an event occurred, including all relevant factors and conditions


    The court considered the totality of the circumstances before making a ruling.

  • an astronomical event where the moon completely covers the sun, creating a period of darkness during the day


    The next total eclipse will occur in two years.

Origins of totality

from Medieval Latin 'totalitas', from Latin 'totus' meaning 'whole'


Summary: totality in Brief

The term 'totality' [toh-tal-i-tee] refers to the whole of something, or the state of being total or absolute. It is often used to describe the entirety of a situation or work, as in 'The totality of his work is impressive.' 'Totality' can also be used in legal contexts, such as 'totality of the circumstances,' and in astronomy, such as 'totality eclipse.'

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