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Meaning of for all intents and purposes by Wiktionary Dictionary

for all intents and purposes


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    Etymology

    1500s, English law, originally “to all intents, constructions, and purposes” ( found in an act adopted under Henry VIII in 1547 ) .

    Adverb

    for all intents and purposes ( not comparable )

    1. ( idiomatic, US ) For every functional purpose; in every practical sense; in every important respect; practically speaking .
      For all intents and purposes the case is closed .
      This treaty is for all intents and purposes no longer viable .

    Synonyms

    • effectively, essentially, in essence, in effect, practically, virtually


Explanation of for all intents and purposes by Wordnet Dictionary

for all intents and purposes


    Adverb
    1. in every practical sense

    2. the rest are for all practical purposes useless