for all intents and purposes
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- to all intents and purposes (UK)
- sometimes misconstructed as "for all intensive purposes" or "for all intrinsic purposes".
1500s, English law, originally “to all intents, constructions, and purposes” (found in an act adopted under Henry VIII in 1547).
- (US) For every functional purpose; in every practical sense; in every important respect