for all intents and purposes

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

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for all intents and purposes

  1. (idiomatic, US) For every functional purpose; in every practical sense; in every important respect; practically speaking.
    For all intents and purposes the case is closed.
    This treaty, for all intents and purposes, is no longer viable.

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