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Below you will find the definition of tantamount, followed by 39 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - being essentially equal to something
EXAMPLES - Tantamount in a Sentence
- It's kind of tantamount to Richter on the earthquake department. (source)
- The trivialization of eating disorders is tantamount to trivializing suicide. (source)
- And it was this move, Rob, that North Korea called tantamount to a declaration of war. (source)
- And there too, I couldn't be waiting, because waiting was tantamount to looking around. (source)
- Mr. Cercone said commission authorities were examining whether the system was "tantamount" (source)
- Respect for the volunteers and photographers is tantamount to that provided the performers. (source)
- The way they covet tits the size of the Sutter Buttes or the ones tantamount to Tibetan glory. (source)
- The primary will be held September 14 and, in almost entirely Democratic DC, is tantamount to election. (source)
- For me, these abuses of broadcast privileges by depriving the public of its 'right to know' are tantamount to crime. (source)
- That's tantamount to a declaration of war-and when that war begins this spring I and the 7th Cavalry are going to be in the van, my boy! (source)
- 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". (source)
- Vouchers will drain the coffers of public education, a disastrous move tantamount to dropping our youth off a cliff with no parachute in sight. (source)
- She went through the stages of grief -- denial, then anger, then begrudging acceptance -- as if his enlistment was tantamount to a death sentence. (source)
- The American economic sacred cow is that laissez-faire wealth is tantamount to a divine right of kings, and any attempt to touch it is economic heresy. (source)
- To many, rejecting a tried-and-tested method of eliminating the possibility of salmonella and E coli is tantamount to playing Russian roulette with your health. (source)
- 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. (source)
- Fears that the bailout was tantamount to an exercise in futility were fuelled by new data showing that the Greek economy had shrunk by 7% in the last quarter of 2011. (source)
- The South American country believes that the targets are not strong enough to stop catastrophic climate change and signing up to a deal would be 'tantamount' to genocide. (source)
- Besides, for Lycaelon that would be tantamount to admitting that he was a failure at bringing his offspring to heel, and Lycaelon could not bear admit he was a failure at anything. (source)
- What Herbie was saying was that the firm had deliberately sacrificed three under-par agents in order to get a penetration in, which was tantamount to murdering three of your own men. (source)
- In January, at Winter TV Press Tour 2011, they excoriated CBS for not intervening and shipping Sheen off to dry out, or even firing Sheen, which would be tantamount to killing the show. (source)
- I mean it's essentially tantamount to saying light-skinned black folks can pass as long as they leave their ghetto dialect at the door, is basically what Harry Reid has said, essentially. (source)
- 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. (source)
- This is tantamount to saying that we should feel good about throwing our garbage out the window of our car because it accounts for a very small percentage of the garbage dumped on the highway each year. (source)
- Democrats have argued that the crosshair images coupled with selective words such as "aim" and "salvo" conjure up aiming a gun, and is tantamount to encouraging violence against the Democrats she listed. (source)
- The survey records supervisors as saying they were reluctant to report abuse because it would be tantamount to saying they were unable to do their job properly, therefore they would not be offered more work. (source)
- Gray's huge advantage among black voters overcomes Fenty's sizable but somewhat narrower edge among whites in the contest, in which victory is tantamount to winning the office outright in the heavily Democratic District. (source)
- 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. (source)
- Responsible people like former Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, fueling the fire with the statement that a health care bill provision for advance care planning consultants was tantamount to "death panels." (source)
- And while it returned with a vengeance, becoming nearly tantamount to urbane democratic expression in postwar Paris, Germany, Japan, and throughout the Free World, it remained subject to censorship under totalitarians and dictators. (source)
- 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 (source)
- 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. (source)
- Attorney Naim Kalaani, a member of the Committee for the Boycott of Zionist Goods, was quick to support the claim that any use of the book in a school constituted a violation of Lebanon's penal code and was "tantamount to a step toward normalization" in ties with Israel. (source)
- Struggling for its own survival, G.M. has said it will completely pull out of Saab by the end of 2009, a course that Ms. Olofsson, the enterprise minister, described as tantamount to declaring "that they wash their hands of Saab and drop it into the laps of the Swedish taxpayers." (source)
- John McHugh, said, "[i] f implemented, this proposal will be tantamount to an $8 billion cut in defense spending," though he seems to be using a peculiar definition of "tantamount". joined by Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-VA), who tied the supposed cuts to the financial sector bailout and the stimulus. (source)
- For as things are, assisting in or encouraging suicide remains a criminal offence, indeed a crime tantamount to murder, but the director of public prosecutions has compiled a list of considerations that will make prosecution unlikely but not impossible when a person helps another to die at his or her own request. (source)
- Although previous multilateral investment treaties protect against direct appropriation by the government, NAFTA's Chapter 11 investment protection provisions went further to establish a new right for private foreign investors to claim compensation for government acts that are "tantamount" to direct appropriation. (source)
- This is but one example of the extent of Hall's demagoguery: In insisting that documenting a given country's war crimes is tantamount to denying that country's right to exist and its right to self defense, Hall is clearly attempting to discredit defenders of international humanitarian law and intimidate them into silence. (source)
- But Americans have been shamed into believing that an admission of belonging to the working class is tantamount to admitting failure, that workers are only workers because they are not willing to try harder to succeed, and that anyone who confesses to being a proud member of the working class is evidently too stupid to get rich in the Land of Easy Plenty. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 39 example sentences provided below is 44.0, which suggests that "tantamount" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 15 synonyms for tantamount.
alike, as good as, commensurate, duplicate, equal, equivalent, identical, indistinguishable, like, parallel, same as, selfsame, synonymous, uniform, very
We have 4 antonyms for tantamount.
different, opposite, polar, reverse
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of tantamount from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Equivalent in effect or value: a request tantamount to a demand.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (verb) To amount to as much; to be equivalent.
- (noun) Something which has the same value or amount (as something else). (attributive use passing into adjective, below)
- (adjective) Equivalent in meaning or effect.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Equivalent in value, signification, or effect.
- (verb-intransitive) To be tantamount or equivalent; to amount.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) To be tantamount or equivalent.
- (None) Equivalent, as in value, force, effect, or signification.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) being essentially equal to something