for all intents and purposes
For every functional purpose; in every practical sense; in every important respect; practically speaking.

For all intents and purposes the case is closed.


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  • to all intents and purposes — adverb in every practical sense to all intents and purposes the case is closed the rest are for all practical purposes useless • Syn: ↑for all practical purposes, ↑for all intents and purposes * * * IN EFFECT, effectively, in essence, essentially …   Useful english dictionary

  • (to) all intents and purposes — to all intents and ˈpurposes idiom (BrE) (NAmE for all intents and ˈpurposes) in the effects that sth has, if not in reality; almost completely • By 1981 the docks had, to all intents and purposes, closed …   Useful english dictionary

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  • to all intents and purposes — adverb For every functional purpose; in every practical sense; in every important respect; practically speaking. To all intents and purposes the case is closed. Syn: effectively, essentially, in essence, in effect, practically, virtually …   Wiktionary

  • to all intents and purposes — used for saying that although something is not exactly true or accurate, the situation is the same as if it were true or accurate They run a car that to all intents and purposes is a commercial delivery vehicle …   English dictionary

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