To-all-intents-and-purposes meaning

(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.

adverb
0
0
Advertisement

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).

    From Wiktionary