aggregate adj: taken as a total [ liability]
[a-grə-gāt] vb -gat·ed
1 : to combine or gather into a whole [class members may their individual claims] compare join
2 : to amount to [an award aggregating $100,000]
: to form an aggregate [they may not if their claims are regarded as “separate and distinct” "J. M. Landers et al. "]
[a-grə-gət] n 1 : total amount [may sue in federal court if the of the claims exceeds $50,000]
2 : a whole made up of individual units [the of operative facts]
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.