Definition of for (all) practical purposes
- His effort to hide the document was, for practical purposes, an admission that he had made a mistake.
- During the blizzard, the town was, for all practical purposes, shut down.
: the whole amount, quantity, or extent of
: as much as possible
: every member or individual component of
: wholly, quite
: selected as the best (as at a sport) within an area or organization
: only, exclusively
: the whole number, quantity, or amount : totality
used in such phrases as for all I know, for all I care, and for all the good it does to indicate a lack of knowledge, interest, or effectiveness
: everybody, everything
: the whole of one's possessions, resources, or energy
: other : different : atypical
: isomeric form or variety of (a specified chemical compound)
: being one of a group whose members together constitute a structural unit especially of a language
: of, relating to, or manifested in practice or action : not theoretical or ideal
: being such in practice or effect : virtual
: actively engaged in some course of action or occupation
: an examination requiring demonstration of some practical skill
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