for (all) practical purposes

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Definition of for (all) practical purposes

used to say that one thing has the same effect or result as something elseHis 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.

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“For (all) practical purposes.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/for%20%28all%29%20practical%20purposes. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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