for all intents and purposes

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

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“For all intents and purposes.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/for%20all%20intents%20and%20purposes. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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