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).
- (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.