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tantamount

[tan-tuh-mount] /ˈtæn təˌmaʊnt/
adjective
1.
equivalent, as in value, force, effect, or signification:
His angry speech was tantamount to a declaration of war.
Origin
1635-1645
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, ultimately.
Synonyms
See equal.
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British Dictionary definitions for tantamount

tantamount

/ˈtæntəˌmaʊnt/
adjective
1.
(postpositive) foll by to. as good (as); equivalent in effect (to): his statement was tantamount to an admission of guilt
Word Origin
C17: basically from Anglo-French tant amunter to amount to as much, from tant so much + amunter to amount
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Word Origin and History for tantamount
adj.

1640s, from verbal phrase tant amount "be equivalent" (1620s), from Anglo-French tant amunter "amount to as much" (late 13c.), from Old French tant "as much" (from Latin tantus, from tam "so") + amonter "amount to, go up" (see amount).

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