for all intents and purposes

adverb
in every practical sense
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to all intents and purposes the case is closed

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the rest are for all practical purposes useless

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to all intents and ˈpurposes idiom
(BrE) (NAmE for all intents and ˈpurposes) in the effects that sth has, if not in reality; almost completely

By 1981 the docks had, to all intents and purposes, closed.

The two items are, to all intents and purposes, identical.

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