to all intents and purposes


1 [in-tent]
something that is intended; purpose; design; intention: The original intent of the committee was to raise funds.
the act or fact of intending, as to do something: criminal intent.
Law. the state of a person's mind that directs his or her actions toward a specific object.
meaning or significance.
to/for all intents and purposes, for all practical purposes; practically speaking; virtually: The book is, to all intents and purposes, a duplication of earlier efforts.

1175–1225; Middle English < Late Latin intentus an aim, purpose, Latin: a stretching out (inten(dere) to intend + -tus suffix of v. action); replacing Middle English entent(e) < Old French < Late Latin, as above

intense, intensive, intents.

1. See intention. 2. aim, plan, plot. Unabridged
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intent (ɪnˈtɛnt)
1.  something that is intended; aim; purpose; design
2.  the act of intending
3.  law the will or purpose with which one does an act
4.  implicit meaning; connotation
5.  to all intents and purposes for all practical purposes; virtually
6.  firmly fixed; determined; concentrated: an intent look
7.  (postpositive; usually foll by on or upon) having the fixed intention (of); directing one's mind or energy (to): intent on committing a crime
[C13 (in the sense: intention): from Late Latin intentus aim, intent, from Latin: a stretching out; see intend]

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Word Origin & History

"purpose," early 13c., from O.Fr. entente, from L.L. intentus "attention," from L. intentus (fem. intentia), pp. of intendere "stretch out, lean toward, strain," lit. "stretched out" (see intend). Intentionally "on purpose" is from 1660s.

"very attentive," 1606, from L. intentus "attentive, eager, strained," pp. of intendere "to strain, stretch" (see intend).
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to all intents and purposes

Also, for all intents and purposes; for all practical purposes. In every practical sense, virtually. For example, For all intents and purposes the case is closed, or For all practical purposes the Vice-President is the chief executive while the President is in the hospital. The first phrase, dating from the 1500s, originated in English law, where it was to all intents, constructions, and purposes. A shorter synonym is in effect, def. 1.

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