[ tan-tuh-mount ]
/ ˈtæn təˌmaʊnt /


equivalent, as in value, force, effect, or signification: His angry speech was tantamount to a declaration of war.

Origin of tantamount

1635–45; adj. use of obsolete noun: that which amounts to as much, itself noun use of obsolete v.: to amount to as much < Anglo-French tant amunter or Italian tanto montare to amount to as much. See tanto, amount

Can be confused

paramount tantamount
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British Dictionary definitions for tantamount


/ (ˈtæntəˌmaʊnt) /


(postpositive foll by to) as good (as); equivalent in effect (to)his statement was tantamount to an admission of guilt

Word Origin for tantamount

C17: basically from Anglo-French tant amunter to amount to as much, from tant so much + amunter to amount
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