Definition of tantamount in English:
Equivalent in seriousness to; virtually the same as: the resignations were tantamount to an admission of guilt
More example sentences
- In fact, charging people to use the road would be seen as tantamount to having an admission fee for entry to the town.
- When he signed up for the army it was tantamount to an admission that reality had intruded on his dream.
- Going on holiday without a school's permission is tantamount to truancy, said the junior education minister.
Mid 17th century: from the earlier verb tantamount 'amount to as much', from Italian tanto montare.
This comes from the Italian tanto montare ‘to amount to as much’.
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