from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Equivalent in effect or value: a request tantamount to a demand.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To amount to as much; to be equivalent.
- n. Something which has the same value or amount (as something else). (attributive use passing into adjective, below)
- adj. Equivalent in meaning or effect.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Equivalent in value, signification, or effect.
- intransitive v. To be tantamount or equivalent; to amount.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To be tantamount or equivalent.
- Equivalent, as in value, force, effect, or signification.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. being essentially equal to something
It began when the band refused permission for their music to be covered by the Glee cast, which they described as tantamount to "selling out".
He faced a wave of criticism for saying Monday that Texas would treat Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke "ugly" if he pursues more stimulus -- an action he described as tantamount to treason.
I consider the regime's retreat in the matter of women's political participation-which at one point it called tantamount to prostitution-an extremely positive point.
One of the McCain campaign's chief assaults on Barack Obama is that McCain is insisting that the troops return only after "victory" in Iraq, while Obama refuses to use that word -- a position the McCain forces describe as tantamount to wanting to lose.
And it was this move, Rob, that North Korea called tantamount to a declaration of war.
He was received with flawless, cold courtesy—the “ceremonious civility” which Washington had once described as tantamount to incivility.
Brown insisted that Starbucks' use of the acronym is tantamount to trademark infringement.
Instead, it established a hotline for children and others to report abuses, has a minimal staff, gets about 200 requests a year, visits homes for educational purposes, advises violators to stop their practices, occasionally removes abused children, but barely addresses the problem Shahinian called tantamount to slavery and condemned.
The organisation received heavy criticism following an £89m deal in 2007 to acquire a 75% controlling stake in Lonely Planet, which Sky chairman James Murdoch recently described as tantamount to a "nationalisation" of the travel guide publisher.
FROM THE moment US military and civilian officials began detaining and interrogating Guantanamo Bay prisoners with methods that the Red Cross has called tantamount to torture, they have had the assistance of psychologists.