- idiomatic, US For every functional purpose; in every practical sense; in every important respect; practically speaking.
- adv. in every practical sense
- 1500s, English law, originally “to all intents, constructions, and purposes” (found in an act adopted under Henry VIII in 1547). (Wiktionary)
“Buzz drove back to LA, called a County pal, learned that Danny Upshaw’s Personnel file had been yanked and that for all intents and purposes the kid was never a member of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.”
“His name was Al Z, and for all intents and purposes he ran the Boston mob from above a comic book store on Newbury Street.”
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