for practical purposes

for (all) practical purposes
— used to say that one thing has the same effect or result as something else

His effort to hide the document was, for practical purposes [=in effect], an admission that he had made a mistake.

During the blizzard, the town was, for all practical purposes [=virtually, practically], shut down.

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for (all) practical purposes — see practical, 1
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  • for (all) practical purposes — for (all) ˈpractical purposes idiom used when you are stating what the reality of a situation is • There s still another ten minutes of the game to go, but for practical purposes it s already over. Main entry: ↑practicalidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • for all practical purposes — adverb in every practical sense (Freq. 1) to all intents and purposes the case is closed the rest are for all practical purposes useless • Syn: ↑to all intents and purposes, ↑for all intents and purposes * * * for all practical purposes phr …   Useful english dictionary

  • for all practical purposes — Synonyms and related words: all in all, almost entirely, approximately, approximatively, by and large, chiefly, effectually, essentially, for practical purposes, generally, generally speaking, in round numbers, in the main, mainly, more or less,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • For All Practical Purposes — (FAPP) is a pragmatic approach towards the problem of incompleteness of every scientific theory and the usage of asymptotical approximations.Usually, when a physicist makes an approximation which can t be justified on rigorous grounds he tends to …   Wikipedia

  • for all practical purposes — in fact: used for describing the actual effect of a situation Either method you use will, for all practical purposes, have the same result …   English dictionary

  • practical chemistry — applied chemistry, use of chemistry for practical purposes …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Practical — Prac ti*cal, a. [L. practicus active, Gr. ? fit for doing or performing, practical, active, fr. ? to do, work, effect: cf. F. pratique, formerly also practique. Cf. {Pragmatic}, {Practice}.] 1. Of or pertaining to practice or action. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Practical joke — Practical Prac ti*cal, a. [L. practicus active, Gr. ? fit for doing or performing, practical, active, fr. ? to do, work, effect: cf. F. pratique, formerly also practique. Cf. {Pragmatic}, {Practice}.] 1. Of or pertaining to practice or action.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • practical — prac|ti|cal1 W2S3 [ˈpræktıkəl] adj ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(real)¦ 2¦(effective)¦ 3¦(clear thinking)¦ 4¦(suitable)¦ 5¦(using your hands)¦ 6 for/to all practical purposes 7 practical certainty/disaster/sell out etc ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Date: 1500 1600; : Late Latin; Origin …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • for all intents and purposes — adverb in every practical sense to all intents and purposes the case is closed the rest are for all practical purposes useless • Syn: ↑for all practical purposes, ↑to all intents and purposes * * * to all intents and ˈpurposes idiom ( …   Useful english dictionary


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