to all intents and purposes love

to all intents and purposes

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  • adv. For every functional purpose; in every practical sense; in every important respect; practically speaking.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. in all applications or senses; practically; really; virtually; in essence; essentially.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in every practical sense

Etymologies

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

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