The meaning of in toto is ‘totally’ or ‘as a whole.’ It is synonymous with ‘altogether.’
In toto comes from the Latin term ‘totus,’ meaning total. The term in toto translates literally to ‘in total’ or ‘in entirety.’ Sources conflict as to its first recorded use in English; some claim it was in the 1600s, whilst others state it came into use in the 18th century.
In toto is sometimes erroneously written as en toto. Although ‘en’ does mean ‘in,’ spelling it this way isn’t considered acceptable in modern use.
In toto is generally used in a legal context, and hasn’t yet really found its way into everyday conversation. It is occasionally used outside of the legal profession, mostly in academic works or newspaper articles. Examples of use in a sentence include:
‘Bob’s case was dismissed in toto.’
‘The flood destroyed everything in the basement in toto.’