for (all) practical purposes

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of for (all) practical purposes

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

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

  2. : as much as possible

  3. : every member or individual component of

  1. : wholly, quite

  2. : selected as the best (as at a sport) within an area or organization

  3. : only, exclusively

  1. : the whole number, quantity, or amount : totality

  2. 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

  3. : everybody, everything

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

  1. : other : different : atypical

  2. : isomeric form or variety of (a specified chemical compound)

  3. : being one of a group whose members together constitute a structural unit especially of a language

practical play
  1. : of, relating to, or manifested in practice or action : not theoretical or ideal

  2. : being such in practice or effect : virtual

  3. : actively engaged in some course of action or occupation

  1. : an examination requiring demonstration of some practical skill

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

  2. : resolution, determination

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

  1. : to propose as an aim to oneself


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