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tantamount

adjective     /ˈtæn.tə.maʊnt/ US  /-t̬ə-/ formal
tantamount to sth being almost the same or having the same effect as something, usually something bad: Her refusal to answer was tantamount to an admission of guilt.Typifying, illustrating and exemplifyingMeaning and significance
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