for all intents and purposes

idiom

US
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.

Dictionary Entries Near for all intents and purposes

for all

for all intents and purposes

for all one knows

Cite this Entry

“For all intents and purposes.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/for%20all%20intents%20and%20purposes. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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