to all intents and purposes

idiom

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

Examples of to all intents and purposes in a Sentence

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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 23 Feb. 2024.

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