to all intents and purposes

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Definition of to all intents and purposes

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

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“To all intents and purposes.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/to%20all%20intents%20and%20purposes. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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