Unit price * quantity equals what? For example if widgets have a $10 unit price, and a customer buys 3, then what is the $30 amount called? Total doesn't work since there could be other products purchased, as well as discounts or VAT calculations applied later.

  • The "value" of the carrots I bought was £2.45. But this will probably change with context. Please would you supply a sample sentence with a blank space for the word you need.
    – WS2
    Apr 21, 2020 at 7:01
  • @WS2 Hi, thanks for reading my question. I don't have a sentence, I'm trying to give a programming variable a clear name to show what it represents. unitPrice * quantity = $wordImLookingFor would be the closest thing to a sentence.
    – TraceACat
    Apr 21, 2020 at 7:24
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    Subtotal is a possibility.
    – Xanne
    Apr 21, 2020 at 7:49
  • Speaking as one who spent 40 years in the accountancy profession, I would head the column "value". Others may feel differently - but that would be my choice.
    – WS2
    Apr 21, 2020 at 15:51

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In some settings, the established term for this amount is extended price or extended cost. The term is, however, unlikely to be readily understood by the general public, and it should thus be reserved for business-to-business communications in the fields in which it is an accepted part of the jargon.

  • I agree with it being accountant's jargon, but for the reasons you mention, I have always been disinclined to use it.
    – WS2
    Apr 21, 2020 at 20:57

The general word is subtotal:

: the sum of part of a series of figures

// Your subtotal is $14, and with tax, that will be $14.70.

Depending on context, a subtotal can represent the total of each product or the total of all products before tax and other calculations.

The site NuORDER also mentions subtotal:

This is the total price for each product in your order or the total price found for a selected delivery window in your order.

Again, note that context can change what subtotal refers to specifically.

However, they also use the term item total (in addition to both subtotal and total amount) in a screenshot of an example order summary:

order summary that uses "item amount"

  • Although, item total may, in fact, sometimes be used for this purpose, it can be confusing. Those who use that phrase, intend the word item in it to stand for a particular type (class, category) of the things they sell, while most people, in most contexts, understand the word to stand for a single thing (object, article, unit).
    – jsw29
    Apr 22, 2020 at 16:36

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