tantamount

  • 1 Tantamount — Tan ta*mount , a. [F. tant so much (L. tantus) + E. amount.] Equivalent in value, signification, or effect. [1913 Webster] A usage nearly tantamount to constitutional right. Hallam. [1913 Webster] The certainty that delay, under these… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 tantamount — ► ADJECTIVE (tantamount to) ▪ equivalent in seriousness to; virtually the same as. ORIGIN from earlier tantamount «amount to as much», from Italian tanto montare …

    English terms dictionary

  • 3 Tantamount — Tan ta*mount , v. i. To be tantamount or equivalent; to amount. [Obs.] Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 tantamount — I adjective analogous, comparable, corresponding to, ditto, equal, equivalent, identical, parallel, similar, synonymous II index coequal, comparable (equivalent), equal …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 tantamount to — index constructive (inferential), virtual Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 6 tantamount — 1640s, from verbal phrase tant amount be equivalent (1620s), from Anglo Fr. tant amunter amount to as much (late 13c.), from O.Fr. tant as much (from L. tantus, from tam so ) + amonter amount to, go up (see AMOUNT (Cf. amount)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 tantamount — *same, selfsame, very, identical, identic, equivalent, equal Analogous words: *like, alike, uniform, similar …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 tantamount — [adj] same alike, as good as, commensurate, duplicate, equal, equivalent, identical, indistinguishable, like, parallel, same as, selfsame, synonymous, uniform, very; concepts 487,573 Ant. different, opposite, polar, reverse …

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  • 9 tantamount — [tant′ə mount΄] adj. [< Anglo Fr tant amunter, to amount to as much < OFr tant (< L tantus, so much: see TANDEM) + amonter (see AMOUNT)] having equal force, value, effect, etc.; equal or equivalent (to) …

    English World dictionary

  • 10 tantamount — tan|ta|mount [ˈtæntəmaunt] adj [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: tantamount something equal in value (1600 1700), from Anglo French tant amunter to amount to as much ] be tantamount to sth if an action, suggestion, plan etc is tantamount to something bad …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 tantamount — [[t]tæ̱ntəmaʊnt[/t]] ADJ: v link ADJ to n/ ing (emphasis) If you say that one thing is tantamount to a second, more serious thing, you are emphasizing how bad, unacceptable, or unfortunate the first thing is by comparing it to the second.… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 tantamount — adjective be tantamount to sth if an action, suggestion, plan etc is tantamount to something, it is almost the same thing as it: But that s tantamount to saying poor people are criminals! …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 tantamount — adjective Etymology: obsolete tantamount, noun, equivalent, from Anglo French tant amunter to amount to as much Date: 1641 equivalent in value, significance, or effect < a relationship tantamount to marriage > …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 14 tantamount — adj. (cannot stand alone) tantamount to * * * [ tæntəmaʊnt] (cannot stand alone) tantamount to …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 15 tantamount — tan|ta|mount [ tæntə,maunt ] adjective FORMAL be tantamount to something to have the same bad qualities or effect as something else: The new tax is tantamount to stealing from the poor …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 tantamount — [17] Tantamount means etymologically ‘amounting to as much’. It comes from an earlier verb tantamount ‘amount to as much as, be equal to’, which was a lexicalization of the Anglo Norman expression tant amunter ‘amount to as much’. This was made… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 17 tantamount — adjective (tantamount to) equivalent in seriousness to; virtually the same as. Origin C17: from the earlier verb tantamount amount to as much , from Ital. tanto montare …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 18 tantamount — /ˈtæntəmaʊnt / (say tantuhmownt) phrase tantamount to, equivalent, as in value, force, effect, or signification, to: *Nobody should be made to feel that smoking a joint is tantamount to entering the criminal world. –frank crowley and lorna… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 19 tantamount — [17] Tantamount means etymologically ‘amounting to as much’. It comes from an earlier verb tantamount ‘amount to as much as, be equal to’, which was a lexicalization of the Anglo Norman expression tant amunter ‘amount to as much’. This was made… …

    Word origins

  • 20 tantamount — /tan teuh mownt /, adj. equivalent, as in value, force, effect, or signification: His angry speech was tantamount to a declaration of war. [1635 45; adj. use of obs. n.: that which amounts to as much, itself n. use of obs. v.: to amount to as… …

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