for (all) practical purposes

Definition of for (all) practical purposes

  1. —used to say that one thing has the same effect or result as something else 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.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  the whole amount, quantity, or extent of

    :  as much as possible

    :  every member or individual component of

  1. :  wholly, quite

    :  only, exclusively

    :  just

  1. :  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

  1. :  the whole of one's possessions, resources, or energy

  1. :  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

  1. :  an examination requiring demonstration of some practical skill

purposeplay purposes
  1. :  something set up as an object or end to be attained :  intention

    :  resolution, determination

    :  a subject under discussion or an action in course of execution

  1. :  to propose as an aim to oneself

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to criticize severely

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