to all intents and purposes

to all intents and purposes
adverb
in every practical sense
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to all intents and purposes the case is closed

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the rest are for all practical purposes useless

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IN EFFECT, effectively, in essence, essentially, virtually, practically; more or less, just about, all but, as good as, in all but name, as near as dammit; almost, nearly, nigh on; informal pretty much, pretty well.
intent

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phrasal also to all intents or to all intent and purpose
: in all applications or senses : practically, really, virtually

the process is to all intents and purposes identical with that practiced today — A.C.Morrison

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to all intents and purposes phrase
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.

Thesaurus: ways of saying that something is not definitely truesynonym
Main entry: intent

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to (or for) all intents and purposes
in all important respects

a man who was to all intents and purposes illiterate

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to all intents and purposes (also US for all intents and purposes)
— used to say that one thing has the same effect or result as something else

Their decision to begin bombing was, to all intents and purposes, a declaration of war.

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Main Entry:intent

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