for all practical purposes

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Adv.1.for all practical purposes - in every practical sense; "to all intents and purposes the case is closed"; "the rest are for all practical purposes useless"
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On my first voyage as chief mate with good Captain MacW- I remember that I felt quite flattered, and went blithely about my duties, myself a commander for all practical purposes.
It is certain, on the one hand, that the sterility of various species when crossed is so different in degree and graduates away so insensibly, and, on the other hand, that the fertility of pure species is so easily affected by various circumstances, that for all practical purposes it is most difficult to say where perfect fertility ends and sterility begins.
The dead don't sigh, and for all practical purposes I was that, except for the final consummation, the growing cold, the rigor mortis - that blessed state
Besides, it will do you just as well as the one you're wearing, for all practical purposes.
When the day broke he had not slept, not for a moment, but he got up not very tired and quite sufficiently self-possessed for all practical purposes.
They also mean that for all practical purposes, these students must be treated as distance learners because most of the time they are not available to us; they are students for whom the library and its resources are remote, whether they be on the road to participate in their sports activities or tied into their Center facilities.
Until then, Kobb notes, "We're using a 60-year-old technology with FM, and it's creating an artificial scarcity, when we could accommodate for all practical purposes an unlimited class of stations.
Thus the theater itself became closed to him for all practical purposes -- except that he provided its raw material.
For all practical purposes, this means that I will participate in the selection of Regional TAs (note the new title) and that they, in turn, will be involved in the selection and evaluation of all district or service center TAs (again, note the new titles).
For all practical purposes filmmaking by and for Africans began in the 1960s, the period when most African nations achieved independence.
and tuition for a course that, for all practical purposes, I taught.
For all practical purposes, the taxpayer is borrowing at 8% for the privilege of earning less than 6%.