for all intents and purposes

Definition of for all intents and purposes


  1. —used to say that one thing has the same effect or result as something else Their decision to begin bombing was, for all intents and purposes, a declaration of war.

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

intentplay intents
  1. :  the act or fact of intending :  purpose

    :  the design or purpose to commit a wrongful or criminal act

    :  the state of mind with which an act is done :  volition

  1. :  directed with strained or eager attention :  concentrated

    :  having the mind, attention, or will concentrated on something or some end or purpose

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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contemplative of or relative to the past

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