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to all intents and purposes

Definitions

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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)

Examples

  • For thus it destroys to all intents and purposes the premise for the survival of this culture which it did not create, but which is the fruit of a culture-creating nationality safeguarded by a living integration through the state.

    Mein Kampf

  • So more than masculinely coarse she was in some ways, indeed, that Henry James once insinuated that, while she may have been to all intents and purposes a man, she was certainly no gentleman.

    The Love Affairs of Great Musicians

  • When "Autumn stands," on August seventh, although it is still to all intents and purposes Summer, the wu-t'ung tree drops one leaf.

    Fir-Flower Tablets: Poems Translated From the Chinese

  • Without ever having been an expectant, as they call their journeymen excisemen, I was directly planted down to all intents and purposes an officer of excise; there to flourish and bring forth fruits ” worthy of repentance.

    Selected English Letters

  • Here was a village not far off behind the woods, Billerica, settled not long ago, and the children still bear the names of the first settlers in this late "howling wilderness"; yet to all intents and purposes it is as old as Fernay or as Mantua, an old gray town where men grow old and sleep already under moss-grown monuments, -- outgrow their usefulness.

    A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

  • He is their mouth-piece, not they his: what they say is never Shakespeare ventriloquizing, but is to all intents and purposes their own.

    Shakespeare His Life Art And Characters

  • Newton was to all intents and purposes a "sport" of a dull agricultural stock, and his intellectual powers are to a certain extent propagated by the grafting of the "Principia," his brain-shoot, on us.

    The Life and Letters of Thomas Henry Huxley

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