Definitions for to all intents and purposes

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. for all practical purposes, to all intents and purposes, for all intents and purposes(adverb)

    in every practical sense

    "to all intents and purposes the case is closed"; "the rest are for all practical purposes useless"


  1. to all intents and purposes(Adverb)

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

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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Bruce Jenner:

    For all intents and purposes, I am a woman.

  2. Charles Lamb:

    The red-letter days, now become, to all intents and purposes, dead-letter days.

  3. Ian Ball:

    Canada is, for all intents and purposes, one of the best places you can explore.

  4. William Hazlitt:

    If I have not read a book before, it is, for all intents and purposes, new to me whether it was printed yesterday or three hundred years ago.

  5. Nicholas Spiro:

    The markets have been yearning for a period of political stability in Turkey for quite some time now. To all intents and purposes this is the best result that the markets could expect.

Translations for to all intents and purposes

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • לכל דבר וענייןHebrew
  • praktiskt taget, så gott som, i allt väsentligtSwedish

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