To all intents and purposes
Intent In*tent", n. [OE. entent, entente, attention, purpose, OF. entente, F. entente understanding, meaning; a participial noun, fr. F. & OF. entendre. See {Intend}.] The act of turning the mind toward an object; hence, a design; a purpose; intention; meaning; drift; aim. [1913 Webster]

Be thy intents wicked or charitable. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The principal intent of Scripture is to deliver the laws of duties supernatural. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

{To all intents and purposes}, in all applications or senses; practically; really; virtually; in essence; essentially. ``He was miserable to all intents and purpose.'' --L'Estrange.

Syn: Design; purpose; intention; meaning; purport; view; drift; object; end; aim; plan. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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