To-all-intents-and-purposes Definition


(idiomatic, UK) For every functional purpose; in every practical sense; in every important respect; practically speaking.

To all intents and purposes the case is closed.
This treaty is to all intents and purposes no longer viable.

Origin of To-all-intents-and-purposes

  • 1500s, English law, originally “to all intents, constructions, and purposes” (found in an act adopted under Henry VIII in 1547).

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